ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Strong performances by senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) in the B Division helped the MIT women's sailing team claim fifth place at the ICSA/Sperry-Top Sider Women's National Championship on Friday. One of four Division III squads to qualify for the 18-team field, the Engineers led the pack while Dartmouth College came away with crown courtesy of a five-point lead over Yale University.
During the first day of the finals in which 10 races were held, Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan amassed nine top-10 performances en route to first place in the standings. The duo won the fifth, sixth, and ninth rounds, was the runner-up in the final outing, secured fifth place in the seventh rotation, and turned in a trio of sixth-place rankings after opening the day in ninth. In the A Division, junior Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) and senior Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) cracked the top-10 on five occasions to rank 13th as MIT was fourth overall. The pair was third in the fifth race, fifth in the seventh round, sixth in the third rotation, seventh in the eighth outing, and eighth in the finale.
In the second day of action at the U.S. Naval Academy, seven rounds were completed despite challenging conditions. Vincent and Sukharev-Chuyan were the runner-ups in the fourth and sixth rotations, fourth in the opening round, and 10th in the third race to finish second for the competition. Lepert and Xu held steady in 13th place as they registered a victory in the second rotation, seventh place in the fourth race, and 10th place in the third and fifth rounds.