September 11, 2006

Tech Sailors Rank a Great Eight at Captain Hurst Bowl

Sept. 11, 2006

Complete Results

DARTMOUTH, NH - Justifying its pre-season national ranking, MIT remained unflappable in finishing eighth out of 24 teams at the Captain Hurst Bowl this past weekend.

Lightning coupled with 35 knots of wind stopped the races after a pair of rounds on Saturday. A north wind settled at 5-10 knots on a beautiful day for sailing on Sunday.

MIT's B-Division circuit continued to shine after leading Tech to a solid finish in last week's opening regatta. With a different team at the helm, skipper Brooks Reed and crew Sylvia Yang scored six top-10 placements during the eight-round event hosted by fourth-place finisher Dartmouth College.

Overall, Reed and Yang slotted seventh, while posting three eighth-place marks and finishing atop the board in the second round.

A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Julie Arsenault rose in the ranks after finishing 14th in the first day's two rounds. The duo posted three top-10 slots on Sunday to place 10th in the final standings.

Cross-town rival Harvard University won the event with a score of 90.

On Saturday, MIT beat out three top rivals to finish second out of nine teams at the Metro Series One. With a tally of 52, Tech outlasted Harvard (55), host Boston University (60), and Tufts University (63) during the seven-round event. Connecticut College proved too strong with a leading score of 24.

MIT got the boost it needed from skipper Garbiel Cira and crew Kimberly Harrison, who finished second in B-Division. With Harrison in tow, Cira steered the Engineers to three consecutive second-place slots in the early rounds. The high marks led MIT's lower circuit to a final score of 21.

While A-Division skipper Ben Stewart and crew Patrick Baragon were saddled with three next-to-last slots, they managed to offset the lower rankings with a pair of strong finishes in the first and last rounds. The duo placed fifth with a tally of 31.

Host MIT finished seventh out of 12 entries at the Women's Man-Labs Trophy. A-Division skipper Elizabeth Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny finished a stunning fourth, but the "B" team found itself slotted eighth by the time the 10-round New England event closed.

With an early light but shifty breeze building to seven knots from the southwest, Palmer and Cantieny placed a remarkable second, first, and third to open a beautiful 80 degree afternoon. The duo finished with a score of 58, beating out the higher circuit of rival Tufts by six points.

In B-Division, skipper Ellann Cohen and crew Leigh Casadaban fared well in several rounds, but a trio of last place marks kept them from ranking high in the standings.

Harvard won the event with a score of 43. Tufts ranked fourth with a tally of 120.

Finishing third of 14 entries, B-Division skipper Josh Leighton and crew Patrick Barrigan propelled host MIT into fifth place overall at the Tech Dinghy Invitational on Sunday.

The Cardinal and Gray also placed ninth of 11 teams at the Women's Captain's Cup, hosted by event winner Tufts.

At Harvard, MIT wrapped the weekend, finishing third of five teams at the Team Race Series One.