The Crimson finished in the top-8 in all four events this weekend (photo courtesy Ken Legler).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its first weekend of racing this spring, the Harvard women's sailing team turned in an eighth-place performance at the Dellenbaugh Trophy. The 17th-seeded Crimson coeds also competed over the weekend at the 33rd Lynne Marchiando Regatta, BU Trophy and the Central Series Three.
The women's squad convened on Narragansett Bay for the Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown. Sitting in 16th after a full day of racing, Harvard rallied on the second day of competition to finish eighth overall out of a field of 18. Sophomore Sophie Bermudez and junior Ashleigh Inglis, skipper and crew, respectively, sailed together for all 12 races and a fifth-place score in the B division. The duo sat in 12th after day one, but took first in back-to-back races to close the competition. In the A division, senior skipper Caitlin Watson and sophomore crew Kristina Jakobson had two top-finishes to finish 14th in the division. With 134 points, MIT took home the victory.
Sixteen teams from across the country clashed on the Charles River for the 33rd Lynne Marchiando Regatta in remembrance of MIT's former sailor Lynee Marchiando who lettered for the program for four years and became the first student-leader of the New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. On Saturday, the Crimson defeated Bowdoin, No. 16 Connecticut College, No. 12 MIT, No. 5 St. Mary's, No. 2 Stanford, No. 11 Tufts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With an 8-6 ledger, Harvard sat in ninth to be one spot shy of competing in the top-eight for the race's victory. In the consolation races on Sunday, the Crimson downed all of its seven opponents except Bowdoin to finish 15-7 overall, good for ninth. Stanford earned the triumph with an 18-4 record.
Six different sailors helped Harvard to a ninth-place showing. Junior Brian Drumm, Michael Drumm and Gram Slattery raced as skippers, while senior Isabel Ruane, sophomore Jacob Bradt and freshman Julia Lord competed as crew.
A quartet of freshmen represented Harvard as 18 teams from the NEISA convened on the Charles River for the BU Trophy. Skipper Matthew Mollerus and crew Olivia Kjorlien manned Harvard's vessel in the B division. The duo won two races and finished second once to place sixth. Juan Carlos Perdomo and Priscilla Russo sailed for the Crimson in the A division and finished sixth, highlighted by a third-place finish in race four. Northeastern posted 106 points for the victory.
With 73 points overall, Harvard took fifth at the Central Series Three on the Charles River. The Crimson's boat in the A heat, manned by freshman skipper Bennett Capozzi and junior crew Rebecca Frankle finished first in the division with 27 points with top-five finishes in each of the 10 races including three victories. Rookies David Mende and Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj, skipper and crew, respectively, in the B boat took fifth. Tufts captured the win with 61 points.
Next weekend, Harvard will send its women's squad to the Emily Wick Trophy hosted by Coast Guard while the Crimson coeds vie for the NEISA Team Race Championship at the 65th Fowle Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. The coeds are also set to compete at the 4th Mystic Lake Team Race at Tufts.