March 31, 2014

Women's Sailing Wins Dellenbaugh Trophy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a full weekend of action, the No. 5 MIT women's sailing finished first out of 18 teams at the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy while the No. 12 coed squad was ninth at the BU Trophy. The team racing contingent represented the Engineers at the Lynne Marchiando Trophy where they were 11th overall.

In the A Division of the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy, sophomore Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and junior Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) came in first with a total of 71 points. The duo was the runner-up in the fifth and 10th races, placed third in the eighth and 11th rounds, and produced three fourth-place performances. Senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) tallied 63 points to finish atop the standings in the B Division. The boat won the third and 10 rotations, was third in rounds four and five, fourth in the first two races of the competition, and captured fifth-place in the sixth outing.

At the BU Trophy, junior Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished sixth out of 16 teams in the A Division. The tandem won the ninth race, was the runner-up in the second round, clinched sixth place in the first rotation, secured eighth place on three occasions, and finished 10th in the fourth outing. Sophomores Jamila Smith-Dell (Cambridge, Mass.) and David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) were joined by freshmen Sophie Goemans (Lexington, Mass.) and Megan McKnelly (Camarillo, Calif.) in the B Division. After a slow start, MIT closed out the regatta with five top-five placements to rank 10th overall. The contingent was second in the sixth and eighth races, third in the final round, fourth in the seventh rotation, and fifth in the fifth outing.

Seniors David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.), sophomores Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.), and freshmen Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) represented the Cardinal and Gray at the Lynne Marchiando Trophy. At the team racing event which featured 11 nationally-ranked squads in the 16-team field, the Engineers generated a ledger of 10-12. In the opening round, MIT defeated Bowdoin College, No. 14 Connecticut College, University of Michigan, No. 6 Roger Williams University, and No. 4 St. Mary's College of Maryland. The Engineers followed this up with a 5-2 performance in their next outing courtesy of wins over Boston University, Connecticut College, Bowdoin, University of Rhode Island, and Michigan while falling to No. 12 Harvard and St. Mary's.

MIT heads to New London, Connecticut next weekend for a pair of regattas. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy will serve as host for the Women's Emily Wick Trophy while Connecticut College will be the site of the New England Team Race.