September 30, 2013

No. 11 Women's Sailing Finishes Sixth at Regis Bowl

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In another full weekend of competition, the No. 11 MIT women's sailing team captured sixth place at the Regis Bowl hosted by Boston University. The Engineers also saw senior David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and sophomore Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) finish seventh and 20th, respectively, at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Men's Singlehanded Championship while the No. 15 coed squad had a 12th-place performance at the Hood Trophy. Prior to the weekend's races, MIT was 12th, 13th, 14, and 17th in its Midweek Fly Regatta that was held on Thursday, Sept. 26.

At the Regis Bowl, the Cardinal and Gray finished sixth out of 16 teams in both the A and B Divisions. Sophomores Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) recorded eight top-10 placements in 10 rounds as they were the runner-ups twice, finished third in the second outing, and claimed fifth in the seventh rotation. After battling through the first four races in the B Division, junior Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) bounced back with five straight top-five finishes, highlighted by a victory in the second-to-last outing.

Alfonso entered the top-10 on six occasions, helping him rank seventh out of 26 competitors at the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. He was the runner-up in the sixth rotation and then captured third place in his next outing. In addition, Alfonso was fourth in the fourth race and claimed fifth place in the finale. Paggi, meanwhile, opened the competition by ranking eighth while his next best performance came in the sixth round as he placed 14th en route to 20th overall.

Sophomore David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) and freshman Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) finished 11th in the A Division of the Hood Trophy. Among a field of 18 teams, the duo cracked the top-10 in six out of nine rounds as they were fifth in the eighth race, sixth in the sixth outing, and had a pair of seventh and ninth-place finishes. Freshman Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.), and junior Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) collaborated for a fifth-place performance in the seventh rotation and were eighth on two occasions, helping them rank 12th in the B Division.

Sophomores Jamila Smith-Dell (Cambridge, Mass.) and Alissa Borshchenko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the way for MIT at the Midweek Fly Regatta as their ninth-place finish in the first round propelled them to 12th overall. Junior Andrew Stratton (Oulston, United Kingdom) and freshman Megan McKnelly (Camarillo, Calif.) came in next by clinching sixth place in the final race after struggling during the first three rotations. Sophomores Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) and Scarlett Koller (Geneva, Switzerland) were 14th as their best performance was a ranking of 13th in the third round. Freshmen Nicole O'Brien (Winthrop, Mass.) and David Zhang (Boyds, Md.) completed the Engineers' contingent as their 12th-place performance in the last race boosted them to 17th in the final standings.

This coming weekend, MIT will host the Smith Trophy and travel to the Danmark Trophy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship at Boston College, and the Charles River Invitational at Harvard.