Cambridge, Mass. (September 13) – The MIT sailing team has announced its incoming class of recruits for the 2018-19 season as six newcomers will join the Engineers. MIT, under the direction of head coaches Matt Lindblad and Mike Kalin, is coming off a season which saw the coed team win its first National Championship since 1961 and saw the women's team finish fourth at their National Championship in the same week.
"These recruits are joining our team at a great time," said Lindblad. "Their teammates and coaches look forward to supporting their hard work and personal and athletic growth."
This year's class is comprised of Alex Abate (Kemah, Texas), Sean Crozier (Yokosuka, Japan), Dana Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.), Maile Jim (Honolulu, Hawaii), Jeremy McCulloch (San Diego, Calif.), and Lulu Russell (Marion, Mass.).
Abate, a graduate of Clear Falls High School, competed for the Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association where he placed first at the 2016 i420 North American Championships and third at the 2016 i420 midwinter championships. A member of the National Honor Society, Abate joins his brother Marcus on the MIT sailing team this fall.
Crozier, a graduate of Nile C Kinnick High School, earned one varsity letter in sailing and was the Vice President of the Robotics Team.
Haig, a graduate of Southern Regional High School, was a two-time NJISA Women's New Jersey State Sailing Champion and competed for the LISOT Sailing Team where she was invited to represent Team USA at the 2017 Women's World Championship in Athens, Greece and the 2018 Women's World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island. Haig also won the Faye Bennet Memorial Award for being the LBIYRA Best Junior Sailor in 2017 and the US Sailing Chubb Jr Doublehanded Bemis Sportsmanship Award in 2015. Haig joins her sister Emily, who is a sophomore on the MIT sailing team.
Jim, a graduate of the Punahou School, was a three-time varsity letter winner and competed for the Waikiki Yacht Club. Jim earned the Most Inspirational Award twice and was honored with the Senior Plaque and the Scholar-Athlete award.
McCulloch, a graduate of Francis Parker High School, was a member of the MBYC Sailing Team and was the Salutatorian for his class. When he was not sailing, McCulloch was the Robotics President of Software and the President of both the Math Team and the Science Olympiad.
Russell, a graduate of the Tabor Academy, earned three varsity letters in sailing and competed for the Beverly Yacht Club. Russell was named captain and Varsity Most Improved Sailor during her time on the team. She also placed second in the A Fleet at the 2017 Women's New England Championships and competed in the High School National Championships for Team and Fleet Racing.
In its second weekend of competition, the MIT sailing team hosts the Hatch Brown Trophy and also heads to Harvard University for the Regis Trophy. Competition is slated to begin at 10:30 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday.