October 24, 2005

Engineers Stir in the Stu

Oct. 23, 2005

By
Mike Stoller

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Battling in rainy, cold winds with heavy current, the MIT sailors placed a remarkable sixth out of 16 teams, this past weekend, in the Women's Stu Nelson Trophy. Tech's B-Division tandem of Cha-ling O'Connell and Kate Hoff finished in the top five in seven of the 15 rounds to charge the Engineers, who were reeling after last week's disappointing 19th slot in the Yale Women's Intersectional.

O'Connell and Hoff placed fourth in the opening joust as well as the final round. In between, the duo secured a second-place spot and a pair of third- and fifth-place marks, en route to a solid score of 102, during the two-day event hosted by Connecticut College.

Tech's A-Division team of Emma Bassein and Sunny Wicks also fared well with a score of 116, beating out Division I foe Boston University (146) by four slots. The twosome finished 10th to start the day, but then went on to post four top-five rankings, the highlight a third-place mark in the sixth race, one better than Connecticut, which finished fifth overall.

Yale University won the regatta with a tally of 133. Harvard placed second, while MIT finished significantly ahead of BU (10) and Boston College (11).

MIT will host the Women's Victorian Coffee Urn next weekend in Cambridge.