No. 9 Women’s Sailing Captures Fourth Place at Navy Spring Regatta

Sophomores Robyn Lesh and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan
Sophomores Robyn Lesh and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first action of the spring season, the No. 9 MIT women's sailing team finished fourth out of 20 teams at the Navy Women's Spring Regatta. The incredibly competitive field featured 12 nationally-ranked squads with the Engineers being one of two Division III programs to participate. On the coed side, the No. 12 Cardinal and Gray finished atop the standings at the Tufts Team Race.

Senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) along with sophomores Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) and Jamila Smith-Dell (Cambridge, Mass.) powered MIT to a first-place finish in the B Division. The trio won the fourth and eighth rotations, was the runners-up in the third race, came in fourth in the 11th round, and secured the fifth spot on two occasions. In the A Division, juniors Chloe Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), Samantha Albright (Madison, Conn.), and Laura Dunphy (Shelburne, Vt.) collaborated for a ranking of eighth. The unit earned a victory in the seventh race, placed second in the eighth and 10th outings, captured the sixth spot in the third rotation, and was seventh in the 11th round.

Representing the Engineers at the Tufts Team Race as skippers was sophomores David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) and Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.), senior David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and freshman Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) while the crews were comprised of freshmen Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii), senior Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.), and sophomore Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.). MIT generated 3-2 records in the first and second rotations and then went 4-1 in the third round. The Engineers wrapped up the regatta by defeating all five boats to finish with a total of 15-5.

This weekend, MIT is slated to host the Geiger Trophy in addition to traveling to the Southern New England Team Race at Connecticut College.