Engineers Secure Sixth Place at Women's Atlantic Coast Championship

Sailing Master Fran Charles, junior Iris Xu, sophomore Chloe Lepert, junior Keren Gu, sophomore Laura Dunphy, sophomore Brooke Winslow, junior Hanna Vincent, senior Taylor Burfield

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT women's sailing team closed out the fall season in fine form by capturing sixth place out of 18 squads at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship this past weekend. Meanwhile, the No. 10 coed team was fourth in the NEISA Top 8 Regatta, an event that filled the void following the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Championship due to the lingering impact of Hurricane Sandy on host U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sophomore Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and junior Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) produced six top-10 finishes in eight rounds en route to fifth place in the A Division. The duo won the third round, was the runner-up in the opening race, and was sixth in the sixth and seventh rotations. The B Division boat, comprised of junior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and senior Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.), also entered the top 10 on six occasions as it was sixth in the standings. They finished second in the seventh race, were fifth in the fourth round, and posted a pair of eighth and ninth-place performances.

Competing against their fellow Atlantic Coast Championship qualifiers, seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.) and Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas) finished fourth among the A Division units. The tandem was second in the fourth race and claimed sixth in the fifth round after opening the competition with back-to-back seventh-place finishes. Among the B boats, seniors Philip Crain (Houston, Texas) and Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.) were sixth behind the strength of rankings of third, fourth, and ninth.