Coed Sailing Qualifies for Showcase Final at Navy Over Weekend

Emily Haig sailing
Photo by Rob Migliaccio


- Results:

Coed Showcase - 5th of 18
Smith Trophy - 6th of 19
Stu Nelson Trophy - 12th of 16

The Lead: A week after the women's team qualified for its Showcase Finals, the coed team did the same thing as MIT posted a fifth place finish at Navy over the weekend in the Showcase qualifier.


- As a team, MIT coed sailing finished fifth overall at the Coed Showcase qualifier with 253 points. On Saturday, the Engineers were faced with 3-12 knot winds, while on Sunday MIT was prepared for an 18-20 knot southerly and instead got an 8-14 knot southwest wind. Just ahead of the Engineers was host Navy (183 points), Georgetown (199), Charleston (211) and Yale (232). Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) and Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) edged out Charleston for the B Division title with 89 points as the duo won a pair of races and placed fifth or better in 12 of 18 races. The A Division vessel sailed by Ivan Shestopalov (Miami, Fla.), Stephen Duncan (Severna Park, Md.) and Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) added 164 points to MIT's total with their ninth-place finish. They won race number three and 14 and were in the top five on five occasions.

- At the Smith Trophy, which was sailed on the Charles River on MIT's home course, the Engineers finished 12th overall with 274 points. On Saturday, there was just enough wind for four races, while on Sunday eight races were run in a 5-10 knot southwest wind. John Ped (Portland, Ore.), Crew Fritsch (Coronado, Calif.) and Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) sailed the A Division boat to a third place finish with 66 points which was just behind Brown and Yale, while the B Division boat which was sailed by Alex Abate (Kemah, Texas), Dahlia Dry (Fort Myers, Fla.), Abbie Lee (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Zoe Fisher (River Forest, Ill.) totaled 103 points for eighth place. Between the two divisions, MIT posted 11 top-five finishes and won a total of two races, one in each division.

- At the Stu Nelson Trophy, MIT finished 16th overall with 355 points. On Saturday, the Engineers were faced with difficult shifty conditions, while on Sunday, there were winds of 12-17 knots. The B Division boat sailed by Julia Wyatt (Sudbury, Mass.) and Zoe Lallas (Chicago, Ill.) took ninth place with 121 of MIT's 274 points. Over the 14-race regatta, Wyatt and Lallas posted nine top-10 placements. The A Division boat sailed by Lulu Russell (Marion, Mass.), Abby Van Lonkhuyzen (Yarmouth, Maine) and Isabelle Yen (Palo Alto, Calif.) totaled 153 points for 13th. The trio took second in the opening race of the regatta and over the 14 races, placed tenth or better seven times.


- MIT will travel back to the Naval Academy for the Women's Showcase Finals and to Dartmouth College for the Captain Hurst Bowl.


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