August 24, 2007

MIT Ranks a Stunning 10th in Pre-Season Rankings

Aug. 24, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Cashing in on another remarkable season, MIT's strong cast of sailors wowed the voters of the Sailing World College preseason rankings, placing 10th in the national balloting, while improving nine slots from last year.

Of particular note was Tech's higher ranking than 11th-place College of Charleston, which entered last season in the No. 2 slot.

While the Engineers graduated two starting crew, they return with A-Division skipper and senior captain Jack Field, the leader who played the most prominent role in garnering Tech's dominant ranking. Field returns as the reigning New England International Sailing Association (NEISA) Sportsman of the Year. He also made the All-NEISA second team, after leading MIT to a solid ninth place finish out of 18 entries at the New England Dinghy Championships last spring.

Back to help Field will be top talent Julie Arsenault, who missed much of last spring with a knee injury. MIT will also welcome back strong skippers Brooks Reed, Jake Muhleman, and Josh Leighton.

"We're excited about the return of starting crew Julie Arsenault," Cohen said. "With a strong supporting cast, the Engineers could (again) be a force to be reckoned with."

In the women's division, MIT will keep its solid A-Division team of skipper Libby Palmer and crew Ashley Cantieny, "who surprised many with strong scores at the spring New England Championships," Cohen said.

Leading the `B' group will be skipper Ellann Cohen, while Tech will also welcome first-year standout Jamie Curran, a skilled sailor from Florida.