Sailing Finishes First At Both Captain Hurst Bowl and Firefly/FJ Invite

Sailing Finishes First At Both Captain Hurst Bowl and Firefly/FJ Invite

THE BASICS:

- Results:

Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth – 1st of 16 (A Division – 2nd, B Division – 3rd, C Division – 1st)
Firefly and FJ Invite at Home – 1st, 5th, 9th of 18 (A Division – 1st, 4th, 5th; B Division – 5th, 7th, 11th)

- The Lead: The MIT sailing team excelled this weekend at both the Captain Hurst Bowl, where the Engineers won the event for the first time in program history, and the Firefly/FJ Invite, where MIT's three boats combined for first, fifth and ninth place of 18 teams at home. Heading into this weekend's action, the MIT coed team was ranked No. 11 and the women's team was ranked No. 18 in the country.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- At the Captain Hurst Bowl, a top-level inter-conference event, the Engineers powered to a first place team finish overall with 105 points edging out No. 1 nationally-ranked Yale University (113 points), No. 8 nationally-ranked Dartmouth College (140 points) and No. 14 nationally-ranked Bowdoin College (153 points). As a team over eight rotations in each division (24 total races), MIT took first or second place in 11 of them and finished in the top-5 18 times.

- The A Division boat sailed by junior Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and sophomore Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) finished second with 39 points and didn't take less than fifth place overall the opening six races of the regatta, while B Division vessel sailed by senior Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) and sophomore Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) took third with 38 points. Omura and Long had a strong finish to the two-day regatta as they crossed the line first in the eighth rotation.

- The C Division boat sailed by senior Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.), classmate Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) had the top performance for MIT as they took first place in their division. The trio finished first or second in four rotations, took fifth in rotations five through seven and seventh in the fourth rotation. The boat's score of 28 points was the second best in the entire regatta just two points above Bowdoin's B Division boat, which finished with 26 over the two days.

- At the Firefly/FJ Invitational, the MIT had three boats in each division – Engineers 1, Engineers 2 and Engineers 3. In the A Division, Engineers 1 sailed by senior Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) came in first, Engineers 3 sailed by sophomore John Piotti (Unity, Maine) and freshman Alice Lin (Cypress, Calif.) took fourth and Engineers 2 sailed by junior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) and sophomore Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) took fifth place out of the 18 team regatta.

- The B Division also had three MIT boats sailing at the invite. Engineers 1, sailed by senior Sophie Goemans (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomore Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.), came in fifth place, Engineers 3 sailed by sophomore Thatcher Chamberlin (Camden, Maine), classmate Noa Yoder (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) took seventh place, while Engineers 2 sailed by junior James Peraire-Bueno (Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) finished 11th in the one-day regatta.

UP NEXT:

- MIT races again on Wednesday, October 19th when the Engineers host the second Midweek Firefly of the fall season beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the Charles River.

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