May 7, 2007
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior captain Jack Field captured Best Sportsman and All-New England International Sailing Association honors as MIT placed ninth out of 18 entries at the New England Dinghy Championships this past weekend. Field made the All-NEISA second team, after leading the Engineers to a strong seventh place finish in the higher circuit.
"More impressively, he was voted best sportsman by his competitors in the NEISA conference," said MIT head coach Matt Lindblad. "All teams nominated three sailors in ranked order, and Jack was the overall award winner. This is especially telling in a sport that is largely self-policing and sportsmanship is written into the rules. He is following a great tradition of New England and National sportsmanship winners in MIT sailing history."
Together, the two honors made Field the top award winner during the two-day event hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
"These are excellent honors for our junior team captain," said Lindblad.
A native of Noank, Conn., Field, who was among 15 coed skippers listed on the prestigious all-star team, has been a stalwart for the Cardinal and Gray, often serving as the main presence in many of MIT's top performances during his illustrious three-year career.
This past weekend, Field and crew Karlen Ruleman finished with four top-five placements during the 13 rounds raced along the Thames River. Battling shifty north-to-south winds, the duo completed Saturday's four rounds with a second-place finish, after a comparatively slow start. Field and Ruleman continued their success into Sunday's 10-18 knot breeze from the northeast.
Boston College won the event with a score of 127. BC, Harvard University, Dartmouth College and Yale University will represent NEISA at the ISCA Coed Dinghy National Championships, May 30-Jun. 1.