March 2, 2008
CHARLESTON, S.C. - With sunny skies beaming amid perfectly warm temperatures, the MIT sailing team rallied to finish eighth out of 13 teams at the Charleston Women's Intersectional this past weekend. After placing ninth overall on Saturday, the Engineers perked it up several notches. A-team skipper Libby Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny moved up two slots after finishing 10th on Saturday, while the B group of Ellann Cohen, Jamie Curran and Rachel Licht improved by one mark after placing ninth on the first day.
With strong sixth and fifth place finishes among Sunday's three `A' races, Palmer and Cantieny secured eighth place for the higher circuit, while skippers Cohen and Curran led the `B' team to three top five marks in their four second day jousts, with Licht in tow.
It was a huge spring opening comeback for the Cardinal and Gray considering Palmer and Cantieny struggled early Saturday with a 12th- and two 10th-place marks in the opening three rounds, while the `B' team produced similar finishes at 9th, 11th and 13th.
Before Sunday's solid finish, Palmer and Cantieny got Tech on track with first, second, and fourth-place slots among Saturday's middle rounds. The duo's strong second day added to the `B' trio's remarkable effort, in which it placed eighth, third, fifth and second.
Both the `A' and `B' squads fared pretty equal as Palmer and Cantieny finished with a score of 93, while Cohen, Curran and Licht closed with a tally of 95. The quintet displayed solid composure despite shifty wind conditions all weekend.
Among other New England teams competing were Yale University, Boston College, Connecticut College, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Host Charleston won the event with a score of 97.
MIT will compete in the St. Mary's Team Racing next Saturday in St. Mary's, Md.