Cambridge, Mass. (March 12) - Three student-athletes from the No. 3 nationally-ranked MIT women's sailing team have been named to the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Major Awards watch list this spring. The nominees include the top sailors from New England colleges and universities based on results to date. For the complete list of nominees this year, click here: 2019 NEISA Watch List Release
Sophomore Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) is one of six sailors up for NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year, while senior Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) is one of six student-athletes up for Babineau Crew of the Year and junior Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) is one of six sailors up for NEISA Women's Crew of the Year. Haig and Shaffeeullah both earned All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) last spring.
The NEISA Coed and Women's Sailors of the Year honors the best skippers in the conference. Often NEISA Sailors of the Year are finalists and/or winners of the ICSA Sailor of the Year Awards. The Babineau Trophy, named for Coast Guard Academy sailor and Cadet Julie Babineau, recognizes the most outstanding crew. The Women's Crew of the Year honors the best crew in women's competitions.
The NEISA Awards Committee will announce the Women's All-NEISA team at the conclusion of the NEISA Women's Championship for the Jerry Reed Trophy hosted by MIT on April 21st. The Coed All-NEISA team will be named at the end of racing at the NEISA Dinghy Championship for the Coast Guard Alumni Bowl hosted by Bowdoin College on April 28th.
NEISA is the organizing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout New England and in some parts of Canada. NEISA is one of seven conferences around the country that comprise College Sailing, the governing body of Intercollegiate Sailing. Currently boasting over fifty scholastic members, NEISA seeks to encourage and advance sailboat racing, in all its variations through weekly competitions throughout the spring and the fall. Education, training, student leadership, and sportsmanship have been the cornerstones of NEISA since its inception in Cambridge, Mass. in 1949.
The Engineers continue their spring schedule this weekend at Connecticut College for the Southern New England Team Race Invitational and at Boston University for the Geiger Team Race Invitational. Both regattas are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 16.