November 5, 2007

Engineers Cruise into Third at Crews Regatta

Nov. 5, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Consistency was the name of the game for the MIT sailing team during Sunday's Crews Regatta. The host Engineers ranked third overall, combining solid fifth and sixth place finishes in `A' and `B' divisions, respectively.

While a few other entries ranked higher than Tech in their respective circuits, all except two failed to match up with MIT's strong placements in both groups. Roger Williams University won the event, while Salve Regina University finished second.

A west to northwest breeze of 7-10 knots made for a perfect day as the teams raced eight rounds at each level along the Charles River.

Competing in their Tech dinghies, A-Division skipper Lisa Schlecht and crew Gabriel Cira finished with six top-five finishes, while the `B' team of skipper Jillian Reddy and crew Toan Truan-Phu closed with five of the same caliber.

Among the teams MIT topped were long-time rivals Harvard University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and Brown University.

MIT also finished ninth out of 18 teams at the Rhode Island State Championship on Sunday. Originally scheduled for two days, the event was postponed on Saturday due to heavy rain.

B-Division leader Josh Leighton and crew Vicki Lee slotted fifth, placing in the top-10 in all of the lower circuit's five rounds.

The `A' team didn't fare as well, finishing 14th after five races.

Host Salve Regina University won the event with a score of 56.

MIT will compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship in Florida next weekend.