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Sailing Finishes in Top 10 at Two Weekend Regattas

Russom and Ruane paced Harvard at the 2012 Yale Women's Intersectional with a second-place finish in the A division (Justine Agaloos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Gram Slattery and Alma Lafler sailed to four single-digit finishes in six races in the A division to help the Harvard coed sailing team earn sixth at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth. Sparked by a second-place result in the A division of the 2012 Yale Women's Intersectional Regatta, the women claimed eighth overall.

With Slattery as skipper and Lafler as crew, the Crimson posted three top-five finishes and 43 points in the A division boat at the Captain Hurst Bowl. The duo started strong, placing third in the first race of the regatta, before taking fourth in the fifth race to secure fourth in the division. Harvard finished ahead of the eventual overall winner, Boston College, which placed sixth with 54 points, and two points behind the U.S. Naval Academy and Brown. The Midshipmen owned the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bears and placed second.

Freshmen Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnvosky sailed as skipper and crew, respectively, in the B division boat that tallied 65 points on two top-ten finishes to edge Brown by one point for eighth. The classmates' best result came in the second race, when they finished third. The Eagles used a 20-point, first-place finish in the division to win the regatta with 74 points. Brown ultimately nipped Harvard for fifth overall by one point, as the Bears registered 107 points compared to the Crimson's 108.

Battling unpredictable winds on Saturday, Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane won race five as part of four top-five finishes in six races at Yale. Russom, who skippered, and Ruane hit the water for one race on Sunday, placing 10th out of 22 teams to polish off an impressive 49-point effort. The Crimson bettered their neighbors on the Charles River, MIT, and the hosts by three and four points, respectively, while Dartmouth totaled 33 points to win the A division.

"They utilized good boat speed to move their way up through the fleet," Harvard sailing head coach Mike O'Connor said of their performance.

In the B division, Caitlin Watson, Sophie Bermudez, Jacquelyn Cooley and Emma Smith teamed up to turn in 97 points and place 18th. Connecticut College also tallied 97 points, but the Camels held a head-to-head tiebreaker. Dartmouth finished with 78 points, six better than Yale, en route to its first victory in the Yale Women's Intersectional in a decade.

Harvard next competes in the Hoyt Trophy, a coed regatta, at Brown Oct. 20-21.