Sept. 11, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Amid a sun-splashed day along the Charles River, the MIT sailing team finished first out of 10 teams, Saturday, in the Women's Man-Labs Regatta. Sparked by skipper Emma Bassein and crew Sunny Wicks, Tech placed third in five of eight races in A-Division for a remarkable leading score of 25. In B-Division, the host Engineers finished a lofty second with a score of 30, behind skipper Cha-ling O'Connell and crew Kate Hoff.
The New England event featured eight races in each division, the sailors battling shifty winds from the north, east, and west, before conditions settled into a sea-breeze from the southeast.
Bassein and Wicks finished atop the board in the fifth and eighth races, edging out Connecticut College and Tufts University, respectively. Meanwhile, O'Connell and Hoff were at their best right from the start, catapulting second-place Dartmouth, and then went on to finish second in the last two races.
In the Captain Hurst Bowl, MIT finished 18th out of 24 teams, Saturday, in Hanover, N.H. Hosted by Dartmouth College, the Engineers saw daylight in A-Division, placing 11th behind another strong effort from skipper Jack Field and crew Wyman Li. The tandem carried Tech in all six races, its best showing an eighth place finish in the fifth round, one slot above cross-town rival Harvard University.
Though B-Division struggled in its six rounds, skipper Jake Muhleman and crew Julie Arsenault placed seventh in the third race, beating out Boston College by a notch.
At the MIT Invitational, Sunday, the Engineers featured three teams, with MIT's second quartet of Ben Steward, Ellann Cohen, Zach Traina and Liz George taking top honors among the group of 13, including Division 1 foe Boston University and three teams from Tufts University.
MIT will host the Hatch Brown Trophy next weekend in Cambridge.