October 6, 2008

Field, Arsenault, Reed All Named to 2008 All-Academic ICSA First Team

Oct. 6, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three former or current MIT sailors recently were named to the 2008 All Academic InterCollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Team. Graduated MIT standouts Jack Field and Julie Arsenault and senior returnee Brooks Reed all made the distinguished ICSA First Team for their high level of success both on the water and in the classroom.

As skipper and crew, respectively, Field and Arsenault, who both hail from Connecticut, were the driving force in recent years for the program’s A-team circuit, which garnered top-five rankings in many of the major New England and national regattas.

Reed, of Santa Cruz, Calif., inherited the reigns as the leading skipper after proving to be dominant while racing in mostly the ‘B’ group in recent campaigns. Reed and crew Ellie Hass made a strong showing in this year’s opening event, the Harry Anderson Trophy, finishing eighth in the ‘A’ circuit among 20 teams. The top duo also placed eighth out of 24 entries at the Hood Trophy to help the Engineers slot fifth overall.

The 2008 ICSA All Academic Team recognizes 10 First Team and te10 Second Team student athletes who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.00, were a key starter or reserve member of their school’s sailing team, and who had reached junior standing at his or her institution of learning in order to be considered eligible for this distinction.

“Selection to the First Team acknowledges an emphasis on academic achievement,” said ICSA President, Mitch Brindley. “These individuals have met a certain balance between sailing on a competitive team and academic excellence.”

ICSA is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and some parts of Canada and is comprised of seven North American Conferences within established geographic regions: Middle Atlantic (MAISA), Midwest (MCSA), New England (NEISA), Northwest (NWICSA), Pacific Coast (PCIYRA), South Atlantic (SAISA), and Southeastern (SEISA). Each conference schedules and runs local and intersectional events, including Conference Championships that ultimately qualify teams for the ICSA National Championships. For more information on ICSA and college sailing, please visit www.collegesailing.org.

2008 ICSA ALL ACADEMIC SAILING TEAM – FIRST TEAM
Name Yr Hometown School GPA Major
Julie Arsenault Sr. Thompson, CT MIT 3.92 Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
Lauren Brants Jr. Ft. Worth, TX Harvard Univ. 3.80 History and Literature
Jeff Dusek Jr. Bay Village, OH Florida Atlantic Univ. 3.97 Ocean Engineering
Jack Field Sr. Noank, CT MIT 3.70 Aerospace Engineering
Lyndsey Gibbons Neff Sr. Rosemont, PA Tufts Univ. 3.80 Environmental Health Engineering
Austin Kana Jr. Easton, MD Hobart / William Smith 3.88 Environmental Studies / Public Policy
David Marshall Jr. Jamestown, RI Connecticut College 3.95 Biology / Anthropology
Andrew Perry Sr. Sarasota, FL Brown Univ. 3.80 Biochemistry
Brooks Reed Jr. Santa Cruz, CA MIT 3.90 Mech. Eng. / Ocean Engineering
Kristen Sproat Sr. Berwyn, PA U.S. Naval Academy 4.00 Systems Engineering (Honors)