Sailing Takes Third at President’s Trophy Highlighting Strong Weekend of Competition

Freshmen John Piotti and Sameena Shaffeeullah
Freshmen John Piotti and Sameena Shaffeeullah

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 15 nationally ranked MIT sailing team was represented at three regattas this weekend. The Engineers had their best finish of third place at the President's Trophy hosted by Boston University, while some members of the team took fourth at the Thompson Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and other placed ninth at the Oberg Trophy at home on the Charles River.

In perfect sailing conditions on the Charles the weekend kicked off with a third place finish at the President's Trophy. MIT compiled 122 points finishing just behind No. 2 Yale University (106 points) and No. 15 Bowdoin College (115 points).

The A division boat sailed by seniors Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) along with junior Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took fourth in their division with 58 points. In the B division vessel sailed by senior Jamila Smith-Dell (Cambridge, Mass.), junior Megan McKnelly (Camarillo, Calif.), sophomore Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) and freshman Ann Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) also took fourth totaling 64 points. In 10 rotations, the A team won the second race of the afternoon and placed in the top-5 in six different races. The B division team came out on top in three rotations including the first, seventh and eighth.

In a three division regatta MIT then took fourth overall at the Thompson Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy. The A division was sailed by senior Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.), junior Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), sophomore Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and freshman Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.), which placed 10th. Ladd then teamed up with classmates Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) for second in the B division. Finally, the C division finished fifth as seniors David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.), Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and Sukharev-Chuyan as well as Ingram and freshman Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) totaled 128 points.

The best races at the Thompson Trophy came from the B division boat as the Engineers finished first four times and no lower than third over the final four races. The C division vessel chipped in with a pair of first place finishes – coming in rotation five and ten.

At the Oberg Trophy, Paggi and Shaffeeullah took fifth place in the A division with 95 points, senior Scarlett Koller (Geneva, Switzerland) and sophomore Cutter O'Connell (San Diego, Calif.) finished sixth with 96 points in the B boat and Farrell, senior Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) took 10th place with 127 points in the C division.

Paggi and Shaffeeullah finished first in rotations one, three, eleven and twelve to highlight the efforts for MIT at the Oberg Trophy.

MIT is back in action on Wednesday, April 20 for its second of two Midweek Firefly's at home with a 4:00 p.m. start time on the Charles River.