April 23, 2014

Sailing Collects Women's All-NEISA Awards

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The MIT women's sailing team doubled its awards total from last year as it saw four athletes receive All-New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) honors. Sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) was voted to the Crews First Team as junior Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) earned a spot on the Second Team. In addition, the Engineers were represented by senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) on the Skipper Second Team.

Sukharev-Chuyan appeared in nine events in the B Division and was paired with Vincent in eight races. The duo recorded victories at the Navy Women's Spring Regatta, Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy, and the President's Trophy. They were also the runners-up at the Emily Wick Trophy, claimed third place at the Charleston Women's Regatta, ranked fifth at the Victorian Coffee Urn, and finished seventh at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship as well as the Women's New England Championship. Sukharev-Chuyan raced with Lesh at the Toni Deutsch Regatta where they won the B Division and later crewed for Lesh and junior Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) in the A Division of the Stu Nelson Trophy that resulted in a fifth-place finish. Vincent, meanwhile, generated a trio of top-10 performances in the fall with sophomore crew Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.), as their best outing was third place in the A Division of the Toni Deutsch Regatta.

An A Division crew for the entire year, Albright collaborated with Lepert to capture fourth place at the Victorian Coffee Urn, fifth place at the Charleston Women's Regatta, eighth place at the Navy Women's Spring Regatta, and 12th place at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. She also teamed up with Lesh this spring, resulting in a win at the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy and 10th-place performances at the Emily Wick Trophy and the Women's New England Championship. As for Lesh, she competed with Zhang in the A Division of the Regis Bowl where they finished sixth. In addition, she was a skipper with freshman Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the A Division of the President's Trophy that produced an eighth-place finish.