Red-Hot Engineers Jell In the Schell

Oct. 30, 2005

By
Mike Stoller

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Backed by a stunning second day performance by Jack Field and Wyman Li, the MIT Sailors soared from eighth place to finish third among 18 entries, this past weekend, in the Erwin Schell Trophy. The tremendous rally will serve as a sparkplug for MIT when the Engineers compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) in Maryland, November 12-13.

Facing a light breeze but increasingly heavy snow, Saturday, Field and Li carried a strong seventh-place ranking into Sunday's warm, sunny climate, where the A-Division duo took off like lightning. Racing in northwest winds of 5-15 knots, Field, the skipper, and crew Li placed in the top five in seven of the 11 rounds in comparison with the first day's two of seven. And while Saturday produced a 16th place slot to open the event, Sunday saw nothing of the kind, Field and Li falling no lower than 10th and sparkling with a pair of first-place marks in the crucial 15th and 16th rounds.

"[They] had an incredible day in perfect sailing conditions," said assistant coach Mike Kalin, of Tech's top tandem. "Jack Field and Wyman Li were dominant on day two, especially in the venerable Tech Dinghy."

Overall, Field and Li placed second in A-Division, ranking above such worthy foes as Brown University (3rd) and cross-town rival Harvard University, which won the event.

Meanwhile, the B-Division team of Jake Muehlman and Julie Arsenault shined as well, posting seven top-five placements to finish sixth in the group, and prompting Kalin to add they "had the best regatta of their careers."

As it prepares for the ACC, MIT will host the Crews Regatta in Techs next weekend in Cambridge.