March 23, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Putting fourth it best effort this spring, the MIT sailing team stormed its way to a stunning third-place finish out of 18 teams at the Boston Dinghy Cup this past weekend. Racing along the windy Charles River, the Engineers surged past a bunch of notable New England opponents, including Harvard University, Boston University, Brown University, and Boston College.
With winds spinning in at between 12-22 knots on Saturday, the Engineers got particularly superb outings from their B and C divisions, both of which finished second by the time the event closed on Sunday.
C-Division skipper Jake Muhleman and crew Karlen Ruleman fueled MIT to eight top-five slots, including a pair of first-place marks during the first day's 14 rounds. The B team of skipper Brooks Reed and crew Ellie Hass responded similarly with eight top-five placements, while finishing atop the board once.
The C team continued its impeccable pace on Sunday as Reed and crew Leigh Casadaban finished fifth twice, while also posting fourth- and an eighth-place marks. Muhleman and Ruleman also shined on the second day, finishing second and seventh among their four rankings.
The top A-Division duo of Jack Field and Julie Arsenault placed a strong eighth in its circuit, finishing with seven top-five marks, and adding another two first place scores to Tech's overall outstanding ledger.
Ranking just below MIT were Harvard, Brown, Boston University, and Boston College, who finished fourth through seventh, respectively.
Yale University won the event with a score of 358, with St. Mary's College following at 368 and MIT at 374.
MIT will host the Oberg trophy next Saturday.