Women’s Sailing Qualifies for Nationals with Sixth Place Finish at Reed Trophy

Women’s Sailing Qualifies for Nationals with Sixth Place Finish at Reed Trophy



- Results: 

Reed Trophy (New England Women's Championship) – 6th of 17
Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup – 3rd of 14
Morris Trophy – 9th of 15

- The Lead: The MIT women's sailing team, ranked No. 13 in the latest Sailing World Collegiate rankings, qualified for the 2018 ICSA Women's National Championship scheduled for late May with their sixth place finish at the Reed Trophy over the weekend. Additionally, the coed team took third at the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup and ninth at the Morris Trophy.


- Freshman Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) and senior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.) dominated the B Division at the Reed Trophy as they took first place with 29 points. Haig and Farrell added their 29 points to the A Division's 94 points to close the weekend with 123 points for sixth place overall. In the B Division, Haig and Farrell, won two rotations and crossed the line in the top-4 seven of nine times. In the A Division, juniors Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) and Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) placed 13th. Hughes and Xi took fourth place in rotation three as their best race of the regatta. The Engineers will be making their second appearance at the National Championship in three years come May.

- At the three division Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, MIT finished third overall with 173 points. Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.), Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.), Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.), Marcus Abate (Kemah, Texas) and Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) won the A Division with 46 points just edging out Yale, which had 49. Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) and Fiona McKellar (Palos Verdes, Calif.) finished fourth in the B Division with 65 points, while Stephan Duncan (Severna Park, Md.) and Lynn Liu (Orange, Conn.) took fifth in the C Division with 62 points. As a team, the Engineers won four rotations, three of which came in the A Division, and placed inside the top-10 in 25 of 30 rotations sailed throughout the weekend. 

- At the Morris Trophy, MIT finished ninth overall with 186 points. The A Division vessel sailed by James Peraire-Bueno (Bedford, Mass.) and Liz Obermaier (Northville, Mich.) took eight place with 83 points, while in the B Division, Thatcher Chamberlin (Camden, Maine), John Piotti (Unity, Maine), Rebecca Nelson (Mebane, N.C.) and Isabelle Yen (Palo Alto, Calif.) totaled 103 points for ninth place.


- The Engineers will compete for the final time before the National Championship next weekend in two different regattas. MIT will host the Women's Team Race National Invitational, while the coed team will head to Brown for the New England Dinghy Championship. Action is expected to take place on both Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.


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