April 19, 2006

Field, Li Swing MIT into Third at Moody Trophy

April 16, 2006

By
Mike Stoller

KINGSTON, R.I. - A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li posted six top-five marks as MIT finished a phenomenal third out of 18 teams, this past weekend, at the Moody Trophy. Field and Li placed fourth in their circuit, maintaining their poise in spectacular wind conditions throughout the two-day event hosted by second-place finisher, University of Rhode Island. University of California Irvine won the event with a score of 108.

Saturday's early fog and strong current settled into a nice 5-8 knot breeze from the south, and tight battles ensued on what turned out to be a beautiful day for racing on the salt pond. However, Sunday's long shifts of wind swaying left and right from the west forced the teams into a dramatic day on the water.

Field and Li stayed consistent in the first day's eight races, never finishing lower than seventh. Tech's top tandem placed fifth in the first, fourth, and fifth rounds, while taking third in the sixth joust. While the duo did not rank as high in Sunday's five races, it did manage to finish first in the ninth battle and fifth in the 12th to post an overall scored of 93.

With Julie Arsenault in tow, skippers Jake Muhleman (1-6) and Brooks Reed (7-13) rallied MIT's B team to a tally of 94. A first- and fourth-place finish in the second and fourth rounds highlighted the afternoon.

MIT also fared well in Sunday's Oberg trophy, placing second out of 11 teams at Northeastern University. A-Division skipper Muhleman and crew Jenny Hu finished atop the board, while B-Division settled for seventh. Tufts University won the event with a score of 40, while the Engineers boasted a 65.

The Cardinal and Gray finished 15th out of 16 entries at the two-day BU trophy hosted by event-winner Boston University. MIT also slotted 14th out of 16 teams at the women's Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy, held over two days at Brown University. University of Charleston finished first with a score of 109.