CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Vying for the Fowle Trophy at the New England Team Race Championship, the nationally-ranked No. 12 MIT coed sailing team placed 11th out of 11 squads this past weekend. Brown won the event and will be joined by Boston College, Roger Williams University, and Yale at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) APS Team Racing National Championship at the end of the month.
The Engineers' contingent was comprised of seniors Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.), Philip Crain (Houston, Texas), and David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) as skippers while classmates Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas), Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland), Steven Drapcho (Newtown, Pa.), and Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.) served as the crews.
It its five outings during the first preliminary round, MIT fell to Roger Williams, Tufts University, Yale, Vermont, and Bowdoin College. With both squads providing three entries in each head-to-head race, the Engineers saw one of their boats pick up a second-place finish against Vermont in addition to third-place performances versus Roger Williams, Tufts, and Bowdoin.
Next up for MIT will be the ICSA Gill Dinghy Championship on May 28-30 hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Detailed information for the upcoming national championship will be provided on www.collegesailing.org.