Harvard Sails to Two Second-Place Finishes On the Opening Weekend

Harvard Sails to Two Second-Place Finishes On the Opening Weekend

Senior Emily Lambert skippered the B-division team at the Harry Anderson Trophy. The Crimson would earn second-place beating out rival, Yale by one point. (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)

The Harvard sailing team secured two second-place finishes in the first coed regattas of the season, while also finishing 10th during the opening women's regatta to round out the slate this past weekend.

The No. 10 Crimson coeds beat out 19 teams, including rival Yale, to secure second-place in the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted by Bulldogs. In the A division senior Brendan Kopp skippered all 10 races as sophomore Sarah Pierson and freshman Richard Bergsund split time at the crew position. The trio finished second in the division, recording 71 points including a win, one third-place and two fourth-place finishes.

The B division skipper, senior Emily Lambert, sailed with senior Alexandra Jumper, along with sophomore Ben Lamont and Bergsund. Highlighting the weekend for the quartet was a third-place finish during the fifth race and a pair of fourth-place finishes. Harvard totaled 76 points in the B division and 147 overall. Wisconsin took home the regatta crown, beating out the Crimson by nine points. Harvard edged Yale by one point, and defending champion Boston College placed fourth with 164.

The No. 8 women's team sailed in its first race of the season competing in the Toni Deutsch '58 Trophy at MIT. Sophomores Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane teamed up to compete in the A division, securing two first-place finishes, three second-place finishes and a third-place showing to round out the afternoon. The B division team of sophomore Caitlin Watson and senior Caroline Lowe teamed up for all 26 races during the weekend, notching three fourth-place finishes. Harvard finished with 406 points total between the two squads, good for 10th place.

On Sunday Harvard hosted its first home regatta of the season, sailing against Tufts and MIT in the Harvard Invitational. The Crimson claimed second place, finishing just four points behind Tufts for first. The A-division team was skippered by freshman Gram Slattery with classmate Emma Smith for all eight races on the afternoon. The duo would secure two second-place finishes and notch a win in the seventh race tallying 27 points overall. The B-division team had freshmen Brian Drumm and Nicholas Gordon sail every race for the Crimson. They won twice and finished with 24 points.

The Crimson will return to action on Sept. 17-18 competing in both the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth and the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT.