Schell Trophy (NEISA Coed Championship) - 1st of 18
Victorian Coffee Urn (NEISA Women's Championship) - 6th of 16
Nickerson Trophy (NEISA Freshmen Championship) - 10th of 18
- The Lead: The MIT sailing team had a very impressive showing this weekend at the New England Fall Championships. The coed team earned first place at the Schell Trophy, the women's team rallied for a sixth-place finish at the Victorian Coffee Urn and the freshmen placed tenth at the Nickerson Trophy. As a result, both the coed and the women's teams have qualified for the fall Atlantic Coast Championships which will take place in two weeks. A year ago, the coed team won the Atlantic Coast Championship for the first time in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The coed team was dominant at the Schell Trophy as the Engineers essentially led from start to finish on their home course. MIT won both divisions and the overall team title with 179 points to qualify for the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship set for November 11-12, 2017 at SUNY Maritime. In the A Division, senior Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and junior Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) registered six rotation victories and 12 top-5 placements over the 18 races for 87 points to win the division. Junior Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) as well as sophomores Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) and Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) won the B Division with 92 points as the trio won rotation 14 and finished in the top-5 in 13 of 18 races to help the Engineers secure a first-place team finish over a number of ranked teams from across New England.
- At the Victorian Coffee Urn, the women's team rallied from being out of contention to finish six today in order to qualify for the women's Atlantic Coast Championship set for November 11-12 at Connecticut College. In the A Division, juniors Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) as well as sophomore Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) finished eighth with 123 points. The trio which crossed the line second two times on Saturday, had a strong day on Sunday where they earned six straight top-8 finishes to push them into ACC qualifying position. Senior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) finished seventh in the B Division with 113 points. Farrell and Caso also had an excellent second day in the water as they finished either third or fourth in four of the final five rotations. On day one, Caso and Farrell had their best rotation in race three when they took second place.
- In their first fall championship, the freshmen really showed great skill as well as they combined for 166 points for tenth place at the Nickerson Trophy. The A Division boat sailed by Ivan Shestopalov (Miami, Fla.) and Liz Obermaier (Northville, Mich.) claimed eighth with 79 points as the duo crossed the line in the top-8 seven times including second in rotation seven and third in rotation eight. In the B Division, Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) and Kalia Pfrang (Suffolk, Va.) finished ninth with 87 points. Haig and Pfrang started strong with a third-place finish in rotation one and then closed day two with back-to-back seventh place finishes over the final two races for 87 total points.
- Next weekend, a week prior to the Atlantic Coast Championships, the Engineers will hit the road to compete in the Hap Moore Team Race at Connecticut College, the Horn Trophy at Harvard University and the Professor No Ringer at Boston University. MIT will also host the Crews Regatta on Sunday, November 5.
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