Sailing season opens as Engineers compete in four different regattas

MIT hosts Toni Deutsch Regatta, takes fourth place Saturday

The MIT sailing team opened its season competing in four different regattas over the weekend. Events began on Saturday with a fourth place finish in the Toni Deutsch Regatta, hosted by the Engineers. Other members of the squad finished sixth at both the Harry Anderson Trophy and the Pine Trophy, hosted by Yale University and the United States Coast Guard Academy, respectively. On Sunday, teams finished their respective races, which began the day before, while other Engineers sailed to a sixth and seventh place finish at the one-day FJ Invitational, hosted by Harvard University.

MIT placed fourth overall out of 15 teams competing in the Toni Deutsch Regatta, at the Engineers’ home course on the Charles River. In the A Division, Rosalind R. Lesh ’16 and Elizabeth Zhang ’16 sailed the Cardinal and Gray to a first place finish. The senior duo registered nine top-three spots over the 15 rotations, including three straight first place finishes from the third to fifth rotations for a total of 66 points. The B Division boat, comprised of Greta M. Farrell ’18 and Megan A. McKnelly ’17, took the ninth place position and captured five top-five spots placements.

In the Engineers’ second regatta of the weekend, MIT finished sixth out of 18 squads at the Harry Anderson Trophy. The A Division boat, made up of the trio Alexander M. Stewart ’17, Paige M. Omura ’17 and Jordan N. Ladd ’17 took seventh place. In the B Division, the Engineers placed eighth in a boat comprised of Ty L. Ingram ’18, Cutter J. O’Connell ’18 and Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan ’16.

In a one-day shortened race, the Cardinal and Gray was sixth out of eight teams at the 73rd Pine Trophy held at Coast Guard. The Engineers A-Division boat made up of David F. Larson ’16, Joseph M. Paggi ’16, Christopher J. Ford ’16 and Trevor V. Long ’19 compiled 47 points in their first race of the fall season. The quad began the race strong with a second place finish in the first rotation, but top ranked opponents made the sailing tough, as the Cardinal and Gray placed just behind Roger Williams University who compiled 44 points on the afternoon.

MIT closed out the opening weekend of the 2015-16 season with two entries at the one-day FJ Invitational held just down the Charles River at Harvard. Engineers 1 comprised of Scarlett E. Koller ’16, Kyle Joba-Woodruff ’17, Noa K. Yoder ’19 and Sarah J. Caso ’19 took sixth overall. Engineers 2 made up of Pavlina A. Karafillis ’17, Zachary H. Hall ’18, Ann M. Hughes ’19 and Sarah M. Owen ’19 claimed seventh place overall.

The Engineers compete in three regattas upcoming weekend, beginning on Saturday, September 19 and continuing on Sunday the 20th. MIT hosts the Hatch Brown Trophy at 9:00 a.m., while some members of the team will travel to race in the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College and the Central Series II hosted by Boston College at 9:30 a.m.