SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The MIT women's sailing team closed its season by finishing eighth out of 18 teams at the two-day ICSA/Sperry National Championship hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club on Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy won the title courtesy of a 40-point margin over Brown University, overpowering a field that featured 13 Division I programs.
During the first day of the finals in which 10 races were held, freshman Ann Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and senior Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) amassed nine top-10 performances en route to fourth place in the B Division standings. The duo won the fourth and sixth rounds, claimed fifth in the ninth rotation, and sixth in the second outing. In the A Division, seniors Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) cracked the top-10 on five occasions to rank 10th as the Engineers were fourth overall. The pair was third in the third race, fifth in the ninth round, seventh in the second rotation, eighth in the eighth outing, and ninth after their seventh trip through the course.
Both boats struggled in a few of their races on Friday but they maintained their placement in their respective divisions following eight rotations. Hughes and Zhang generated victories in the first and last rounds, secured fourth place in the fifth outing, ranked seventh in the fourth race, and ninth in the sixth outing. Lesh and Sukharev-Chuyan won their third round A Division race, finished sixth in the fifth rotation, seventh in the sixth and eighth outings, and 10th in their opening race.