MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (June 5) – Coming off the program's first appearance at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, the MIT sailing team had three student-athletes receive All-America honors from the ICSA. The All-America teams were announced by the association late on June 2nd after the conclusion of their three national championship events in Charleston, South Carolina.
Junior Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.), sophomore Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) and senior Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) all earned All-America honors this year, marking the largest class of All-Americans for the sailing team since the 1999-2000 season when the Engineers received four All-America honors from the ICYRA. Since the 1968-69 season, when MIT sailing earned its first All-America award, the Engineers have had 25 student-athletes named All-Americans including the three from this year.
Ingram and Shaffeeullah, who sailed together most of the season together, were named as ICSA Coed All-American Skippers and Crews, respectively, while Omura was named to the Coed Honorable Mention All-American Crew team.
All three Engineers helped the MIT coed sailing team to one of its best seasons in program history this year, which was capped with an eighth place finish at the ICSA LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship. In its first Team Race National Championship, the Engineers compiled a record of 10-12 and advanced to the Round of Eight after going 9-6 in the Round of 16.
Ingram, Shaffeeullah and Omura helped the coed team qualify for nationals when they finished third at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (NEISA) Team Race Championship. In that regatta, MIT went 15-8 and were just behind Yale University (18-5) and Tufts University (15-8) for its third place finish.
The trio also helped MIT to its first-ever Coed Atlantic Coast Championship title and to a win at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup. In the fall, Ingram, Shaffeeullah and Omura also aided the Engineers to third place at the Schell Trophy, which is the NEISA Coed Championship and to third at the St. Mary's Fall Intersectional.