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No. 14 Sailing Coeds Turn in Three Top-Five Performances at Four Weekend Regattas

Zaleski and Wheeler finished first in the C division at the Thompson Trophy (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 14 Harvard coed sailing team turned in three top-five performances at four regattas this weekend. The Crimson finished third at the Salvin Hill Invitational and the Thompson Trophy and placed fifth at the 70th Greater Boston Oberg Trophy. Harvard also competed at the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies, where it finished eighth.  

At the Salvin Hill Invitational, a two-division NEISA evented hosted by Boston College, teams raced in 420s on Dorchester Bay. Harvard finished third in the seven-school field with 160 points. In each division the Crimson placed third with the A team of freshman skipper David Mende and crew Nomin-Erden Jagdagdorj sailing to seven top-five finishes. The B division pairing of sophomore Adam Brodehim and rookie Victor Kamenker, skipper and crew, respectively, took third in three of the 12 races. With 54 points, the seventh-seeded Eagles won the event.

The Crimson turned in its second third place showing of the weekend at the Thompson Trophy hosted by Coast Guard on the Thames River. The 18 teams competed across three divisions in 420s. Sophomore Marek Zaleski and freshman Emma Wheeler manned the C division boat as skipper and crew. After racing on Saturday, the duo sat in second with 19 points, just one point shy of the division's leader South Florida. Zaleski and Wheeler finished in the top-two in five heats including victories in the seventh race and eighth race, respectively, to win the division with 46 points. Juniors Brian Drumm and Ashleigh Inglis staffed the A division boat that took third as skipper and crew. Junior skipper Gram Slattery and freshman crew Olivia Krorlien competed to a 14th-place performance in the B division. Top-ranked Stanford won the trophy with 173 points.

Also on the Thames River, Harvard sailed for the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies. With 218 points, the Crimson finished eighth in the 17-team field.  On the first day of racing the A division raced in 420s with the B division sailing in FJs and the divisions switched vessels on Sunday. In the B division, junior Michael Drumm and senior Isabel Ruane teamed up as skipper and crew for 81 points and sixth place. Sophomore Andrew Mollerus with the help of freshman Sydney Karnovsky and senior Luke O'Connor as crew, battled in the A division to take 11th. No. 2 Yale, who hosted the regatta, won 13 of 20 races to capture the three trophies.

Thirteen schools contested for the 70th Greater Boston Oberg Trophy hosted by MIT on the Charles River, where Harvard placed fifth with 220 points. Freshman Juan Carlos Perdomo and Priscilla Russo, skipper and crew, respectively, won the 12th race to finish fourth in the A division. Freshman skipper Bennett Capozzi and junior crew Rebecca Frankel sailed to a fifth-place finish in the C division with a victory and six top-five finishes. Senior skipper Caitlin Watson sailed with sophomore Kristina Jakobson as crew in a female only boat in a coed regatta. In the B division, the women vessel's seventh-place performance was highlighted by three victories. The Engineers, who are seeded 13th in the national poll, won the event with 183 points.

Three championship qualifiers are in store for the Crimson next weekend as the coeds host the 84th Boston Dingy Club Challenge Cup, the freshman compete at the 73rd Priddy Trophy and the women sail at the 43rd Reed Trophy. Harvard will also send sailors to the 11th George Morris Trophy and the 29th Admirals' Cup.