October 31, 2007

Field, Arsenault Named NEISA Sailors of the Week

Oct. 31, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four weeks after being selected to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-Academic Team, Jack Field and Julie Arsenault have hit the top of the charts again. Field, the skipper, and crew Arsenault were named New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Sailors of the Week for their outstanding performance in this past weekend's Schell Trophy.

Battling shifty west to northwest winds, Tech's dynamic A-Division duo finished second in its circuit, leading the Engineers to the overall win among 18 teams along the Charles River. The victory also clinched a berth for MIT at the Atlantic Coast Championship in Florida on Nov. 13-14.

To make the outing incredibly remarkable, Field and Arsenault recovered from 18th and 17th place finishes in the first and third rounds, respectively. They finished in the top five in 10 of the remaining 15 rounds, with no rankings worse than ninth.

"This past weekend, we had a truly stunning victory," said Arsenault. "We took first in the Schell Trophy, which is something MIT hasn't been able to do for 27 years. It was truly a competitive regatta, with many of the nation's top sailors attending."

Earlier this month, Field and Arsenault were named to the ICSA All Academic Team honoring scholar athletes who have succeeded at the highest level in the sport and in the classroom.