September 16, 2013

MIT Sailing Finishes Among Top Three in Four Regattas

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first full weekend of competition for the 2013-14 season, the MIT sailing team recorded runner-up performances at the Toni Deutsch Regatta and Harvard Invitational while securing third place at the Pine Trophy and 11th at the Harry Anderson Trophy.

Sophomores Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) claimed first place out of 17 squads in the B Division of the Toni Deutsch Regatta as they were victorious in five rounds, captured second in four outings, and were third on two occasions. In the A Division, senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) claimed third place on the strength of a win in the opening rotation, a second-place finish in the fifth race, and a quartet of third-place performances.

At the Harvard Invitational, the nationally-ranked No. 17 coed team was the runner-up in both the A and B Divisions. The Engineers saw sophomore William Livernois (Newnan, Ga.) and junior Christina Wettersten (Palo Alto, Calif.) win the opening race, take second in the second and sixth rounds, and finish fourth in the fourth rotation. Sophomores Cali Warner (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Victoria Stivanello (Douglaston, N.Y.) represented MIT in the B Division where they clinched first place in the opening two races and secured third in the fifth outing.

Sophomores David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) and Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.), junior Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.), and freshman Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) collaborated for a third-place ranking at the Pine Trophy. The Engineers led the pack in the fourth race, were the runner-ups in the second rotation, captured third place in the sixth round, and finished fourth in two outings.

In the final event of the weekend, seniors David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) ranked 10th in the A Division of the Harry Anderson Trophy. The duo entered the top 10 in nine of 14 rounds, as they were the runner-up in the 10th race, claimed third in the seventh rotation, secured fourth place in the sixth outing, and had two fifth-place performances. In the B Division, freshman Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) along with juniors Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) and Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) finished 11th in the B Division courtesy of a pair of second and eighth-place outings in addition to rankings of seventh and ninth in the third and fifth rotations.

This weekend, MIT will host the Hatch Brown Trophy on Saturday, Sept. 21 while traveling to the Nevins Trophy at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the FJ Invite at Boston University, and the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth.