Engineers Host Final Midweek Firefly Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final home competition of the season, the nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT coed sailing team provided six entries in the MIT Midweek Firefly Invitational on Thursday afternoon. The Engineers claimed spots 11 through 16 out of 16 boats while Tufts University captured first, second, and third place.

"Engineers 1", comprised of freshmen Lisa Archibald (Istanbul, Turkey) and Alissa Borshchenko (Brooklyn, N.Y.), was the runner-up in the opening race which propelled it to 11th overall. Freshman Jamila Smith-Dell (Medford, Mass.) and Aleksandra Kalinowska used placements of ninth and eighth in the second and third rotations to rank 12th as freshmen Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) and Victoria Stivanello (Douglaston, N.Y.) came in next on the strength of an 11th-place finish in the second round in addition to a pair of 12th-place performances.

Bolstered by a ninth-place finish in the final rotation, sophomore David Perez (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and freshman Noam Buckman (Atlanta, Ga.) clinched 14th. Sophomore Matthew Vernacchia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Scarlett Koller overcame some early struggles to place 15th and seventh in the last two rotations. Junior Sarah Mountjoy (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) rounded out the squad in 16th place as they were 15th in the first two rounds, 14th in the third race, and 16th in the final outing.

This weekend, the coed team will compete in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Dinghy Championship Western Semifinal in Norfolk, Va. and the George Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University. The No. 12 women's squad will do battle at the New England Championship to be held at Tufts University.