A group of underclassmen represented the Crimson in its first race of the spring (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
ST. MARY'S, Va. – The No. 19 Harvard coed sailing team opened its spring schedule with a seventh-place finish at the St. Mary's Team Race this weekend.
Over the course of two days, ten teams clashed on the St. Mary's River in 420s. The Crimson split its four races on Saturday, but couldn't rally a win on Sunday to finish the race, 2-7, in a three way tie for seventh with No. 14 Fordham and No. 13 Hobart and William Smith College. No. 4 Stanford went unbeaten, 14-0, on the water to claim the victory.
Junior Gram Slattery and sophomores Andrew Mollerus and Marek Zaleski manned Harvard's boats as skippers. The Crimson's crew was manned by sophomore Sydney Karnovksy and freshmen Julia Lord and Emma Wheeler.
Harvard's first race of 2014 was against the Rams where the Crimson's vessels finished second, third and fourth for the triumph. Despite its first boat finishing second against the Hobart & William Smith, Harvard could not rally for the win. The Crimson went 1-2-3 against the Monarchs to get back on the winning track. Harvard reversed roles against the Cardinals to close the first day of racing.
On the second day of the weekend, the Crimson competed against No. 6 Boston College, No. 5 Charleston, No. 9 Navy, No. 8 Roger Williams and No. 10 St. Mary's. Harvard picked up a first-place finish against the Eagles and the Anchormen, but could not overcome its five opponents, dropping each of its races on Sunday.
Due to icy conditions, the Wood Trophy scheduled to take place on the Charles River this weekend was cancelled.
Harvard heads to New London, Conn., next weekend for the 17th Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College.