September 25, 2006

Ranking 10th, Tech Sailors are Good in the Hood

Sept. 25, 2006

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the fourth consecutive week, nationally-ranked MIT got the boost it needed to finish strong in the rankings. While Tech was unable to dominate like it did a week ago with a fifth-place slot at the Hatch Brown Regatta, the Engineers still managed a solid 10th-place mark out of 21 entries at the Hood Trophy this past weekend at Tufts University.

Propelling MIT were B-Division skippers Jack Field and Jake Muhleman and crew Karlen Ruleman and Patrick Barragan, who finished seventh in their circuit to offset A-Division's 13th-place slot.

With gusty winds driving at 10-15 knots on Sunday, Tech's quartet fell only two slots from Saturday's dazzling fifth-place mark on the Upper Mystic Lake. Muhleman and Barragan upheld a sensational start by Field and Ruleman by slotting fourth, third, and sixth in the late rounds of the 14-race event.

Saturday's first day of fall began with showers, but once racing started, it was Field and Ruleman who provided the thunder with five top 10 placements in the first six rounds.

Harvard won the event with a tally of 178.

At Harvard on Saturday, MIT beat out its two top rivals in finishing fourth out of 13 teams at the seven-round Metro Series Three. With a score of 74, Tech fared better than both Tufts and the host Crimson, which finished fifth (86) and sixth (87), respectively.

B-Division skipper Libby Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny finished third in their circuit, placing in the top five in all but two races. The duo's stunning day featured a pair of first-place slots in the later rounds and solid second and fourth-place rankings in the earlier jousts. Only once did they fail to make the top 10, as Palmer and Cantieny finished with an impressive score of 32.

In A-Division, skipper Josh Leighton and crew Patrick Barragan placed a solid sixth overall. While Tech's higher circuit ranked in the top five only twice, it never fell from the top 10.

Boston College won the event with a score of 44.