Cambridge, Mass. (May 2) – Following the coed and women's spring championships, the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) announced that nine members of the MIT sailing teams combined to earn 13 major awards and recognition from the conference.
Senior Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) highlighted the awards for the Engineers as she was named as the Women's Crew of the Year and as a finalist for the Babineau Trophy, which is the award that honors the Coed Crew of the Year. Xi also took home First Team All-Crew accolades following the women's championship which saw MIT win its first team title in program history.
Five other women's sailors were recognized following their championship. Senior Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) was named as a finalist for the Crew of the Year award and to the All-Crew First Team, while first-year Dana Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) was named as a finalist for Women's Rookie of the Year and to the All-Skipper Second Team. Dana's sister Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) as well as senior Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.) were placed on the All-Skipper First Team and junior Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) rounded out the list of award winners for the women's team as she was placed on the All-Crew First Team.
Following the coed championship, which saw the Engineers finish in 13th place, four student-athletes were recognized. On top of Xi being named as a finalist for the Babineau Trophy, junior Julia Cho (Cupertino, Calif.) was placed on the All-Crew Second Team, senior Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) was placed on the All-Crew First Team and senior Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.) was placed on the All-Skipper First Team.
The women's team has qualified for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's National Semifinals which will take place in Newport, RI and is slated to being on May 21.