Tech Rallies to Finish 11th at Hood Trophy

Sept. 24, 2007

MEDFORD, Mass. - The MIT sailing team orchestrated a solid second-day comeback to finish 11th out of 24 teams at the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts University this past weekend.

After placing 13th in Saturday's proceedings, the Engineers moved up two slots, thanks to a strong effort by A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Elizabeth Haas. The duo took third place in both the crucial 13th and 14th jousts, while also ranking sixth and seventh once each during their seven races along the Charles River.

With Sunday's breeze ranging from 5-15 knots, Field and Haas gave Tech the boost it needed to overtake Bowdoin College and Georgetown University, which finished 10th and 11th on Saturday, respectively.

In the first day's lighter wind, skipper Brooks Reed and crew Karlen Ruleman posted three fifth-place finishes during rounds 1-8. But a 22nd-place slot in the third tilt somewhat marred an otherwise excellent outing.

The Engineers finished 18th in B-Division.

Tufts won the event with a score of 199.

Tech also finished a strong 12 out of 25 entries at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship this past weekend. Libby Palmer did the honors for MIT at Roger Williams University.

MIT will compete in the Danmark Trophy next weekend in New London, CT.