Sailing Has Great Showing At Four Regattas This Week

Sailing Has Great Showing At Four Regattas This Week

THE BASICS:

- Results:

Oberg Trophy at Home – 4th of 17 (A Division – 2nd, B Division – 10th, C Division – 8th)
Hoyt Trophy at Brown – 5th of 18 (A Division – 6th, B Division – 8th)
Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth – 13th of 17 (A Division – 12th, B Division – 14th)
Midweek Firefly #2 at Home – 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th of 14

- The Lead: This week, the MIT sailing team competed in four regattas. The coed team, ranked No. 11 in the latest Sailing World College Poll, took fourth place at the Oberg Trophy at home in less than ideal conditions and fifth in the Hoyt Trophy at Brown, while the No. 18 women's sailing team finished 13th at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth. Last Wednesday, the Engineers also hosted the second Midweek Firefly of the fall season where MIT took eighth, tenth, 12th and 14th with its four boats.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- At the Oberg Trophy, the Engineers batted heavy rain and wind over the weekend. The A Division boat sailed by senior Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomore Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) as the skippers as well as junior James Peraire-Bueno (Bedford, Mass.), sophomore Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) and freshman Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) as the crew took second place as their strong performances over the opening seven races locked in a great finish. The group crossed the line first or second six of seven times to begin the regatta. In the B Division, skipper Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) along with McGoldrick and freshman Connor Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) as the crews finished 10th and an underclassmen vessel comprised of freshman Stephen Duncan (Severna Park, Md.) as the skipper and classmate Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and sophomore Noa Yoder (New York, N.Y.) as the crews claimed eighth places in the C Division.

- At the Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown University, MIT finished fifth as a team as the A Division took sixth place and the B Division aided the team with an eighth place finish. Junior skipper Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) along with crews Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.), Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) had a great first day of action as they claimed a top-five spot in seven of the first eight races. In the B Division, Long and Stewart as well as seniors Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Kyle Joba-Woodruff (West Tisbury, Mass.) crossed the line first in the third rotation and finished the regatta strong not taking less than a top-9 spot over the final five rotations.

- The women's team closed the weekend of action at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth College. In the A Division, sophomore Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and senior duo Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) finished 12th in their division with 167 points as the top race came in the form of a win during the fifth rotation. Ending on a strong note, the trio took third and fifth, respectively, over the final two races of the regatta. In the B Division, junior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.), Zhang, Le Garrec and senior Megan McKnelly (Camarillo, Calif.) took 14th place.

- At the Midweek Firefly, McKellar and senior crew Sophie Goemans (Lexington, Mass.) had the best finish for MIT as they combined for eighth place in Engineers 3. McKellar and Goemans had a strong start to the regatta by finishing sixth, seventh and fifth, respectively, in the first three races of the day. In Engineers 2, Peraire-Bueno and crew Hamish Lamotte (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) took 10th, while in Engineers 1 skipper John Reyes (Austin, Texas) and crew Rami Rustom (Aleppo, Syria) finished 12th and skipper John Piotti (Unity, Maine) and crew Alice Lin (Cypress, Calif.) claimed 14th place in Engineers 4.

UP NEXT:

- Next weekend marks the New England Championship regattas for the coed team, the women's team and the freshmen as the Engineers will compete in the Victorian Urn Trophy at Coast Guard (Women), Schell Trophy at Coast Guard (Coed) and Nickerson Trophy at Tufts (Freshmen) on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th.

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