Fowle Trophy (New England Team Race Championship) - 3rd of 12 (15-8 Record)
Emily Wick Trophy - 10th of 20 (A Division - 12th of 20, B Division - 12th of 20)
- The Lead: For the first time in program history the No. 11 nationally-ranked MIT coed sailing team has qualified for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's Team Race National Championship after its outstanding performance at the New England Team Race Championship this weekend. The Engineers finished the regatta third overall with a record of 15-8 and will be joined in Charleston in May by No. 1 Yale University, No. 12 Tufts University and No. 2 Boston College. Additionally, the MIT women took tenth at the Emily Wick Trophy hosted by Coast Guard this weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Piloted by skippers Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.), Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) and Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) and aided by crew members Stephen Duncan (Severna Park, Md.), Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.), Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.), Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii), Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) the Engineers went 7-4 in the opening round on Saturday. In Round 1, MIT bested Boston College (1-4-5), Boston University (1-2-5), Brown University (2-3-4), Connecticut College (1-2-6), Harvard University (1-2-4), Roger Williams University (2-3-4) and Coast Guard (2-3-4) to secure its spot in Sunday's Round of Eight.
- MIT built on its performance from Saturday and went 6-1 in the Round of Eight to advance to the Round of Six and fight for a chance to make it to nationals for the first time in program history, which is exactly what the Engineers did. In the Round of Eight, MIT swept the top three spots against Yale (1-2-3) and then went on to beat Boston College (1-2-6), Dartmouth College (1-2-4), Tufts (1-4-5), Harvard (1-2-5) and Boston University (1-2-5) to move its overall record to 13-5 as they moved on to compete for the title in the Round of Six.
- In the final round of racing, MIT went 2-3 but it was enough to compile an overall mark of 15-8 and qualify for the Team Racing National Championship, which will be held in San Diego, California from May 28-30, 2017. In that final round, the Engineers defeated Boston College (1-3-5) and Roger Williams (1-2-6) to close the weekend on a high note at 15-8 beating out some of the best teams in New England.
- At the Emily Wick Trophy, the Engineers finished tenth overall with 306 points. The A Division vessel was sailed by sophomores Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.), Noa Yoder (New York, N.Y.) and Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) as the trio claimed 12th in their division with 159 points, while the B Division boat - sailed by senior Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.), junior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) and sophomore Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) - took 12th in their division with 146 points.
- In the 15 rotations sailed, Hughes, Yoder and Xi posted nine top-10 finishes, which included their best race in rotation 14 when they crossed the line fourth in the field of 20 boats. Additionally, LeGarrec, Farrell and Caso had a strong finish to the regatta as they claimed first place in rotations 11 and 15. The B Division also registered nine top-10 finishes across the weekend.
- The Engineers return to action on Thursday when they host the third Midweek Firefly regatta of the year, which is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. from the MIT Sailing Pavilion.
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No. 11 Coed Sailing Qualifies For Team Race Nationals For First Time In Program History