CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT sailing team saw Iris Xu '14 (Madison, Wis.) and seniors Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) and Kayla Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) receive academic accolades from the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) this week. Xu earned a spot on the All-Academic first team, becoming the first female sailor and fourth overall to be a repeat first-team pick. Dunphy and Ngan, meanwhile, were tabbed for their first awards from the association as they represented the Engineers on the all-conference team.
Majoring in computer science and mathematics, Xu competed in 17 regattas this past season as the crew. In her action with the women's team, she clinched sixth place in the A Division of the ICSA Women's National Championship Eastern Semifinal as MIT was first out of 14 teams. Xu then helped the Engineers rank 13th in the A Division of the ICSA Women's National Championship Final, resulting in fifth place out of 18 teams. As a member of the coed squad, she ranked third in the B Division of the Atlantic Coast Championship, won the Tufts Team Race, captured fourth place in the A Division of the Hatch Brown Trophy and in the A and B Divisions of the Oberg Trophy, secured fifth place in the C Division of the Hatch Brown Trophy, and finished seventh in the A Division of the Navy Fall Intersectional and in the A Division of the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup.
Dunphy competed as a skipper in six regattas and was the crew in one event while majoring in biological engineering. She won the Horn Trophy, captured third place at the Pine Trophy, was sixth in the B Division of the Regis Bowl and the A Division of the BU Trophy, finished 12th in the B Division of the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional, and was the crew in the eighth-place A Division boat at the Navy Women's Spring Regatta.
Studying chemical engineering, Ngan competed in seven regattas as the crew. She finished 17th in the A Division of the Atlantic Coast Championship, captured fourth place in the A Division of the Hatch Brown Trophy and the Oberg Trophy, was seventh in the A Division of the Navy Fall Intersectional, and ranked eighth in the A Division of the Schell Trophy.
The 2014 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2013-14 academic year. A nominated sailor must have a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), junior or senior academic standing and they must be a key starter or reserve on a school's sailing team. MIT has compiled 19 accolades in the seven-year history of the award.