August 29, 2006

MIT Sailors Get Ready for New Season

Aug. 29, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT, ranked No. 19 in the Sailing World preseason national rankings, opens the 2006-07 campaign, Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Harry Anderson Trophy. The event, consisting of a field of 22 teams, will be held in New Haven, Conn.

Back to lead the pack for the Engineers will be the terrific tandem of junior skipper Jack Field and senior crew Wyman Li, who courageously led the Engineers to several top-five finishes and a number of other high placements during the 2005-06 slate. Although the Cardinal and Gray ranked only 19th out of 24 teams in the opening regatta last year, MIT's top A-Division duo managed a solid 12th-place finish in its circuit, beating out Division I foe Boston University by 17 points and three slots in the standings. Perhaps their most stunning performance was in leading Tech to a remarkable third-place mark in the autumn Erwin Schell Trophy. Field and Li finished with nine top-five placements in the18-team field.

In the B-Division, the Engineers will rest their hopes on juniors Jake Muhleman and Julie Arsenault, who last season supported Field and Li with a host of top rankings to keep Tech high in the standings. With Arsenault in tow, Muhleman skippered MIT to seven top-five placements in the Schell to slot sixth. The pair also held its own with a ninth-place mark in the competitive Admiral Moore Regatta, in which the Engineers finished seventh out of 18 entries.

Sorely missed will be the services of A-Division skipper Emma Bassein, who graduated last June after leading the women's team to a bevy of top performances, including an overall first-place finish in the Man-Labs Trophy. Returning this fall will be juniors Kate Hoff and Sunny Wicks, both of whom provided strong support serving as crew last season.

MIT's other top returnees include senior Ben Stewart, juniors Gabriel Cira, Ellann Cohen, and Elizabeth George, and sophomores Libby Palmer, Gina Fridley and Karen Ruleman.