Second-Place Finish Has No. 8 Engineers Coming Up Roses

Jan. 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The MIT sailing team rang in the New Year in style with a remarkable second place finish out of 24 entries at the Rose Bowl Regatta this past Saturday. With an amazing score of 95, the Engineers fell just nine points shy of event winner and nationally ranked No. 1 Boston College. Both MIT and BC were the only teams who finished with scores lower than 100, as the tallies ranged from 86 to 396.

The Cardinal and Gray proved incredibly consistent between both A and B divisions, with the former placing fourth in its circuit and the latter third. In an extraordinary showing, both groups placed in the top nine in all nine races. Along the way, ‘A’ team skipper Brooks Reed and crew Lisa Schlecht finished second twice and first once, while ‘B’ squad leader Josh Leighton and crew Vicki Lee slotted third twice and first once. Each team closed with four top-five finishes.

“Not a bad way to start the 2009 season!” exclaimed MIT Sailing Master Fran Charles.

Rounding out the top five teams were Georgetown University, College of Charleston, and St. Mary’s college.