October 1, 2012

No. 14 MIT Earns Runner-up Finish at Smith Trophy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT sailing team recorded its best outings to date as it was the runner-up at the Smith Trophy and also captured third place at the Danmark Trophy. In addition, junior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and freshman Rosalind Lesh (Everson, Wash.) represented the Engineers at the Women's New England Singlehanded Championship.

At the Smith Trophy, freshman Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and sophomore Priyanka Chatterjee (Columbus, Ga.) finished second out of 17 squads in the A Division. The duo won the second and fifth races, was second in the fourth, seventh, and eighth rounds, and third in the third rotation. Freshman David Larson (San Diego, Calif.) and senior Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland) entered the top 10 in all eight rounds en route to fourth overall. The pair won the first race and had a trio of fifth and sixth-place performances.

The event was named for George Warren Smith who was a professor of aero-astro at MIT and enjoyed racing star boats from the Cape Ann Fleet into his late eighties. Many weekends during the spring and fall season were spent helping run collegiate races at MIT. This regatta is an opportunity for many sailors to have a chance to compete for a trophy in a one-day formant impacting less of their academic study time. Tufts University ranked first overall with 69 points while MIT and Boston College were knotted at 70 points, but high-place finishes put the Engineers in front.

Seniors Philip Crain (Houston, Texas) and Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) collaborated for a second-place finish in a field of 20 competitors at the 70th anniversary of the Danmark Trophy. The B Division tandem won the seventh round, captured third in the sixth race, fourth in the third rotation, and fifth in a trio of outings. Seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) recorded seven top-10 placements in nine rounds, highlighted by first place in the opening race and second place in the eighth rotation. Brown claimed top honors with 119 points, followed by Boston College at 127 and MIT at 132.

With two entries at the Women's New England Singlehanded Championship, Vincent claimed 13th place while Lesh finished right behind her. Vincent secured fourth place in the second race, ninth in the fifth round, and 10th in the third and 13th rotations. Lesh also entered the top 10 on four occasions, ranking third, fifth, seventh, and eighth.

This weekend, MIT will host the Brass Rat/Sir Ian McFarlane Regatta and will travel to the Moody Trophy and the New England Match Race Championship.