MIT Sailing Wins 82nd Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup

MIT Sailing Wins 82nd Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup

THE BASICS:

- Results:

Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup at MIT – 1st of 16 (A Division – 1st, B Division –2nd, C Division – 4th)
Morris Trophy at Boston University – 5th of 10 (A Division – 6th, B Division – 4th)
Reed Trophy (NEISA Women's Championship) – 13th of 17 (A Division – 9th, B Division – 14th)

- The Lead: The MIT sailing team showed great skill this weekend in a trio of tough regattas as the Engineers won the 82nd Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup, placed fifth at the Morris Trophy and 13th at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Women's Championship.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- At the 82nd Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup – college sailing's oldest trophy – saw the Engineers claimed the title on their home waters with 153 points edging out Boston College by one point for the title. In the A Division vessel Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) sailed to a first place finish as they won two of the 11 rotations and crossed the line no lower than ninth all weekend. The B Division followed suit as Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) ended up the regatta tied for first with Boston College, but moved to second on the tiebreaker with 41 points. Stewart and Omura won four rotations and notched eight top-five finishes in two days. The C Division boat sailed by Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) and Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) earned fourth place with 62 points as they had a strong start to the regatta with five top-three finishes over the opening six races of the opening day.

- At Boston University, the Engineers had another great performance as they totaled 96 points for fifth place as a team. In the A Division, freshman Stephen Duncan (Severna Park, Md.) and classmate Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) finished sixth with 54 points as the duo notched seven top-6 finishes over the 10 race regatta. Classmates Connor Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) earned fourth place in the B Division with 42 points. Chung and McGoldrick started the regatta with four straight fourth place finishes and won rotation five leading to their success over the weekend.

- At the NEISA Women's Championship, Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) placed ninth in the A Division with 121 points, while Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.), Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) took 14th in the B Division with 166 points. Hughes and Sukharev-Chuyan had their best races in rotation one and 11 as they crossed the line second overall in the field of 17, while Farrell, Le Garrec and Caso registered five top-10 placements including a fourth place finish in rotation 13 to close the regatta on a strong note.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will compete in its final regatta before nationals next weekend. The Engineers will head to Boston College for the New England Dinghy Championship looking to qualify for the ICSA Dinghy National Championship, which will be held in Charleston, S.C. at the end of May.

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