Engineers Cruise to Third at Crews Regatta

Nov. 11, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With challenging west-to-northwest breezes gusting at 10-17 knots, the host MIT sailing team continued its streak of highly successful outings with a third-place finish out of 20 teams at the Crews Regatta along the Charles River this past Sunday.

Both A and B Divisions placed fourth in their respective circuits as the Engineers finished in the top five in seven of the 12 rounds between the groups. Overall, the Cardinal and Gray just missed second place, with UMass-Dartmouth finishing just above MIT by a 69-72 count.

‘A’ team skipper Lisa Schlecht and crews Zac Nelson and Vicki Lee topped out with a second-place finish while ranking fourth twice and third once. In B Division, skipper Karlen Ruleman and crew Charlie Field made a valiant comeback after posting a pair of sub-par marks among the first three rounds. In the last three jousts, the duo slotted fourth, second, and first.

Though Salve Regina University won the regatta, it used an experienced helmsman during an event that’s aimed more for veteran crew to try taking the lead role. “Although they were listed atop the result sheet, a real congratulations goes out to UMass-Dartmouth in eeking out a victory over the MIT team,” said MIT head master Fran Charles.

The Engineers also finished fifth among 10 entries at the Horn Trophy Team Race won by host Harvard University, which finished at 19-0. Competing for the Cardinal and Gray were skippers Toan Tran-Phu, Katie Gullick and Eamon Glackin, and crews Jillian Reddy, Leigh Casadaban, and Regula Granger. The Engineers finished at 8-11.

MIT will compete in the Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) next weekend in Geneva, N.Y.