Women's Sailing Collects All-America Accolades
AUSTIN, Texas – On the heels of its fifth-place finish at the ICSA Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship, the MIT women's sailing team received multiple ICSA All-America honors for the first time in program history. Sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) was tabbed for Crew All-America accolades while senior skipper Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) earned honorable mention Women's All-American plaudits. Sukharev-Chuyan became the seventh sailor to appear on the crews list while Vincent joins Paula Lewin '93 as the only women's All-American recipients at MIT.
Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan were mainstays for the Engineers in the B Division of 10 women's events this season. They first teamed up at the Victorian Coffee Urn in November where they finished fifth out of 18 teams. Two weeks later, Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan captured seventh place at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. Upon their return to the water in the spring, the duo won the Navy Women's Spring Regatta, the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy, and the President's Trophy. Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan were the runner-ups at the Emily Wick Trophy and clinched third place at the Charleston Women's Regatta.
The formidable B Division tandem carried the momentum into the postseason as they finished seventh at the New England Women's Championship, helping MIT secure a spot at the ICSA Women's National Championship for the first time in 16 years. Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan were a force to be reckoned with in the two-day Eastern Semifinal as they finished first among a field of 14 teams and propelled the Engineers into the finals. The pair continued to find success as they clinched second place out of 18 teams during the championship rounds, putting the Cardinal and Gray in fifth place and tops among Division III squads at the event.