March 30, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - While the MIT women's sailing team has seen better days on the water, it still managed to bolt ahead of a few strong New England foes on its way to a 10th place finish out of 18 teams at the Dellenbaugh Trophy on Saturday. The sailors battled cold temperatures and a solid northwest breeze swirling in at 12-20 knots. Several puffs at an even higher speed knocked down about half dozen boats throughout the day at host Brown University.
With Tech's A and B divisions finishing 10th and 11th, respectively, the Engineers were able to overcome the efforts of Boston University, Harvard University and the U.S Coast Guard Academy.
A-Division skipper Libby Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny finished with five top 10 placements in eight rounds, with their best ranking a second-place slot in the last joust. Along the way, their next best marks were fourth, sixth, seventh, and 10th.
Conversely, the B team of skipper Ellann Cohen and crew Rachel Licht finished near the top of the board in the first race with one of their two second place marks among their eight tilts. The duo also finished second in the fifth round and 10th in the third race.
St. Mary's College won the event with a score of 80.
MIT will host the Marchiando/Friis Trophy next weekend.