CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, the MIT coed sailing team received multiple placements on the All-New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Teams. Senior Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) was selected to the Skipper Second Team for the second straight season and was named the NEISA Sportsman of the Year, an award that is voted upon by the competitors. Classmate Philip Crain (Houston, Texas) was also tabbed to the Skipper Second Team while senior Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) rounded out the Engineers with a spot on the Crews Second Team.
"Regarding the NEISA Sportsman of the Year Award, I feel extremely honored and humbled at the same time," Sommer commented. "Coming from all of the sailors that I have been racing with the past four years, it's a special feeling to know that they have given me their respect not just for my sailing but also for my character, and I am proud to be able to represent myself and MIT in this way."
An A-Division skipper for the entire season, Sommer was the runner-up at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, third at the Moody Trophy with Drapcho as his crew, and fourth at the Danmark Trophy, Hoyt Trophy, and NEISA Top 8. His sixth-place performance at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Dinghy Championship Western Semifinal helped the Engineers secure a berth to the national championship.
First-time honorees, Crain and Drapcho teamed up for seven competitions that produced top-six finishes in every outing of the B Division. The duo won the Hoyt Trophy, was the runner-up at the Danmark Trophy, third at the NEISA Dinghy Championship, and sixth at the NEISA Top 8 and ICSA Dinghy Championship Western Semifinal. Senior Mark Van de Loo (Eau Claire, Wis.) joined Crain and Drapcho as an additional crew member at the Erwin Schell Trophy that helped the boat capture second place while freshman Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) competed with the award-winning tandem which produced a ranking of fourth at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup.