CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the strength of outstanding performances, the MIT women's and coed sailing teams qualified for their respective Atlantic Coast Championships to be held in two weeks. They earned the berths this past weekend courtesy of the No. 11 women's squad fifth-place finish out of 18 teams at the Victorian Coffee Urn while the No. 19 coed unit captured seventh place at Schell Trophy.
At the Victorian Coffee Urn, juniors Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) claimed fourth place in the A Division. Of the seven rotations that were completed due to a lack of wind, the duo was the runner-up in the third round, finished third in the next two races, and ranked fifth in the final outing. Senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) were fifth in the B Division as they finished second in the third rotation, sixth in the fifth race, and ranked seventh in the first two races.
Seniors David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) along with junior Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) placed eighth in the A Division of the Schell Trophy. The trio entered the top 10 in seven of the nine rounds that were held, highlighted by a victory in the second race in addition third and fourth-place performances in the fifth and sixth rotations. Sophomores David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) and Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) were joined by freshman Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Ngan in the B Division where they captured 11th place. A win in the final race bolstered their spot in the standings after recording a pair of sixth-place finishes.
This coming weekend, MIT will be competing at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship, the Horn Trophy, and Professor NoRinger Regatta while hosting the Crews Regatta on Sunday, Nov. 10.