Oct. 2, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Host MIT fought off shifty breezes along the Charles River to place a striking third among 21 entries this past weekend at the Smith Trophy. The Engineers were just as dominant at the Danmark Trophy, placing third out of 18 teams at the windy United States Coast Guard Academy.
Closing in the top five for the second and third times this fall, the Cardinal and Gray should keep intact its impressive slot in the Sailing World national rankings. Tech stamped the board at 15th this past week, four notches above its pre-season mark.
In the Smith Trophy, A-Division, skipper Jake Muhleman teamed with crew Sunny Wicks and Katherine Hoff. With Hoff in tow for 12 rounds and Wicks for two, the trio combined for five first-place marks during a dynamic two days of racing. Tech's higher circuit never fell from the top 10 after placing 16th in the first round.
Overall, MIT rallied late to upset Tufts University for third place. Tech's A and B teams finished first and third, respectively, in the final set to knock the Jumbos into fourth.
Boston College led all teams with an overall score of 135.
At the 11-round Danmark Trophy, A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Julie Arsenault steered MIT to seven top five slots, including a pair of first place marks. Placing second overall, the duo beat out top New England rivals Harvard University (8th), Tufts (9th), and Boston University (12th).
After a slow start in B-Division, skipper Brooks Reed and crews Sylvia Yang and Chuck Head jolted the waters to the tune of five top five rankings. Finishing fifth overall, the trio also ranked above local heavies BU (8th) and Tufts (14th).
Boston College won the event with a tally of 153.