Engineers Place a Stunning Third at Hatch Brown Trophy

Sept. 17, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Proving it earned its No. 10 slot in the Sailing World College preseason rankings, the MIT sailing team continued a long list of strong showings with a resounding third-place finish out of 18 teams at the Hatch Brown Trophy this past weekend.

With a score of 398, the Engineers finished well above top rivals Harvard University (470), Tufts University (473), Boston University (549), and Brown University (553).

While all of Tech's three divisions shined, the squad got a noticeably solid outing from its young `C' crew team of sophomores Elizabeth Haas and Leigh Casadaban, and freshman Desiree Amadeo. With strong senior skipper Jake Muhleman leading the way, the group ranked third, while the `A' and `B' squads both placed sixth during the two day event along the Charles River.

With rain giving way to sun amid Saturday's 8-12 knot breeze, Muhleman teamed with Haas to finish among the top five in four of the first six tilts. He then achieved the same feat while combining with Casadaban in rounds 7-12.

In Sunday's 5-8 knot shifty breeze, Muhleman finished second with Amadeo in the 15th joust, tying the `C' group's best ranking for the weekend. The skipper also placed second once with Haas, while finishing third twice with Casadaban.

A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Julie Arsenault topped out with a pair of first place finishes, while slotting second three times and third twice.

Brooks Reed and Karlen Ruleman led the `B' team with five top-five finishes.

Yale University won the event with a score of 267.

MIT also finished second out of 16 teams at the Southern Series 2 Donaghy Bowl at Salve Regina University; fifth out of 11 entries at the Women's Captain's Cup at Tufts University; and 10th out of 18 teams at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth University.