No. 3 MIT Women’s Sailing Qualifies for ICSA National Championship

No. 3 MIT Women’s Sailing Qualifies for ICSA National Championship
Head coach Matt Cohen, junior Samantha Albright, sophomore Robyn Lesh, junior Laura Dunphy, sophomore Jamila Smith-Dell, sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan, sophomore Elizabeth Zhang, senior Hanna Vincent, junior Chloe Lepert

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 3 MIT women's sailing team captured eighth place at the New England Championship this past weekend, claiming the final spot for the ICSA Women's National Championship to be held next month. On the coed side, the No. 13 Engineers finished seventh out of 17 teams at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup.

Senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) secured seventh place in the B Division on the strength of 13 top-10 finishes in 17 rounds. The tandem won the opening race, was the runner-up four times, claimed third place on two occasions, and finished fourth in the 14th rotation. The A Division contingent comprised of juniors Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.), and sophomores Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.), Jamila Smith-Dell (Cambridge, Mass.), and Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) ranked 10th after registering 11 top-10 placements. The Engineers were the runners-up in the third race, had a trio of fourth-place performances, came in fifth in the 15th round, and was sixth in the 12th rotation.

At the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, the C Division boat of sophomores Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.), David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.), Zhang, and Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) along with freshman Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) captured fifth place. Finishing in the top 10 in 11 of 14 races, the unit won the second, third, and sixth outings, was third in the final round, and claimed seventh place on four occasions. Seniors David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) capitalized on 10 top-10 performances to rank seventh in the A Division. The duo was the runner-up in the third rotation, finished third in the next outing, secured fifth place in the ninth round, and was sixth in the 11th race. Freshmen Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) rounded out the Engineers in the B Division as they finished ninth as highlights included a victory in the final rotation, second place in the eighth race, fourth in the 10th round, a pair of fifth-place performances.

Next up for MIT will be its Midweek Invitational on Thursday, April 24 and a weekend trip to Yale University for the New England Dinghy Championship.