No. 18 MIT Captures Third Place at Southern Series

Senior Steph Tong
Senior Steph Tong

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a full weekend of action, the nationally-ranked No. 18 coed sailing team clinched third at the Southern Series 2, was fourth in the Ferrarone Team Racing Intersectional, and finished 16th at the BU Trophy.

Senior skipper Katii Gullick (Portland, Maine) along with sophomore Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) and junior Soraya Shehata (Bethesda, Md.) placed third in the A Division of the Southern Series 2. The trio won the second, fourth, and fifth races and were runner-ups in the third rotation. Sophomore Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and junior Taylor Burfield (Naples, Fla.) had six top-five placements in the B Division highlighted by a victory in the seventh round.

Roger Williams University won the 20-team field courtesy of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Tufts University as the Engineers finished 18 points behind.

MIT compiled a ledger of 9-11 to place fourth out of eight squads at the Ferrarone Team Racing Intersectional as Brown claimed top honors (17-3), followed by Stanford (14-6), and Navy (11-9). The skippers for the weekend were senior Eamon Glackin (Huntington, N.Y.), junior Andrew Sommer (Duxbury, Mass.), and freshman Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.) while the crews were consisted of senior Steph Tong (Hong Kong) and juniors Kelden Pehr (Seabrook, Texas), Mark Van de Loo (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Eben Freeman (Zurich, Switzerland).

At the BU Trophy, freshmen Zack Drach (Wilmington, N.C.) and Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.) collaborated for a 13th-place finish out of 18 teams in the B Division. The duo cracked the top 10 on two occasions, securing sixth and eighth place. In the A Division, senior Tevis Nichols (Skylonder, Calif.) and sophomore Angelique Nehmzow (Hong Kong) claimed sixth place in the third round and ninth in the fifth and seventh rotations en route to a final ranking of 16th.

The host Terriers secured the win with a tally of 39 as Salve Regina University (85) and Tufts (95) rounded out the top three.

This weekend, the Engineers will host the Lynne Marchiando Trophy and will travel to BU for the Women's President's Trophy in addition to visiting Harvard for the Central Series 3.