MIT Coed Sailing Team Wins Oberg Trophy

Freshmen Paige Omura and Alec Stewart
Freshmen Paige Omura and Alec Stewart

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT sailing teams produced a trio of top-five finishes this past weekend, highlighted by the No. 13 coed squad capturing the Oberg Trophy. The No. 3 women's team placed fourth at the President's Trophy while another coed contingent secured fifth place at the Owen, Mosbacher, and Knapp Trophies.

The Engineers were the runner-ups in the B and C Divisions of the Oberg Trophy as the A Division boat ranked fifth in a field comprised of 13 schools. Sophomore David Larson (La Jolla, Calif.) and freshman Megan McKnelly (Camarillo, Calif.) teamed up in the B Division where they won the second and third races, finished second in the first and sixth outings, and were third in the fourth round. Sophomores Christopher Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) and Jeremy Kalas (Huntington, N.Y.) amassed 10 top-five performances in 13 C Division rotations as they finished atop the standings in the third and sixth races, were the runners-up in the seventh round, and captured third place on four occasions. In the A Division, sophomores Joe Paggi (Bayville, N.J.) and Elizabeth Zhang (Lexington, Mass.) won the second rotation, finished second in the next race, and recorded a pair of third, fourth, and fifth-place performances.

Senior Hanna Vincent (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.) clinched the B Division of the President's Trophy as MIT ranked fourth out of 11 squads. The duo racked up seven top-three finishes out of 11 rounds courtesy of a trio of victories, three runner-up placements, and a third-place finish in the seventh round. In the A Division, sophomore Robyn Lesh (Everson, Wash.) and freshman Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.) never fell out of the top nine as they ranked eighth overall. Highlights for the tandem included second-place performances in the second and fifth races, finishing fifth in the first and sixth rounds, and sixth-place outings in the last two rotations.

At the Owen, Mosbacher, and Knapp Trophies, the rookie boat of freshmen Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the way with a fifth-place finish out of 17 entries in the B Division. The pair cracked the top five in seven of 14 rounds as they won three races while capturing third and fourth place on two occasions. Seniors David Alfonso (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Iris Xu (Madison, Wis.) totaled 10 top-10 spots en route to ninth place in the A Division. The unit generated a pair of third and fourth-place finishes, claimed fifth in the 12th round, was sixth in the fifth race, and ranked seventh in the third and fourth rotations.

MIT will host the Midweek Tech Invitational Thursday, April 17 and the two-day Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup beginning on Saturday, April 19. The Engineers will also make a weekend trip to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the Women's New England Championship.