Ruane crewed a Crimson vessel at the Team Race Invitational (photo courtesy Robert Migliaccio).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its first multi-event weekend of the spring season, the No. 17 Harvard coed sailing team turned in two top-five performances in two teams races. The Crimson claimed fourth at the Team Race Invitational and took fifth at the 54th Jan T. Friis Trophy.
At the Team Race Invitational, hosted by Boston College, Harvard finished fourth in the six-school field with an 8-7 ledger. At the end of Saturday, the Crimson sat fourth at 4-4 with victories against Cornell, Coast Guard, and the hosts Eagles. Harvard picked up wins over Bears, the Big Red and the Midshipmen on day two to conclude the two-conference competition. The Hawks went unbeaten on day one, 8-0, en route to a 12-3 victory.
Harvard saw eight different sailors take Dorchester Bay. Juniors Michael Drumm and Marek Zaleski and freshmen Juan Carlos Perdomo and Matthew Mollerus skippered the Crimson boats. Seniors Luke O'Connor and Isabel Ruane and freshmen Emma Wheeler and Olivia Kjorlien raced as Harvard's crew.
Ten teams competed at the Jan T. Friis Trophy, which was originally scheduled to take place on Mystic Lake, but was moved to the Charles River due to icy conditions. On day one, the Crimson posted a 5-4 mark including triumphs over Michigan, No. 8 Navy, No. 5 Boston College, No.10 Brown and top-ranked Yale to sit sixth after the first day on the water. The Crimson opened the second day of facing with wins over No. 9 Roger Williams, No. 15 Tufts and Vermont, but its 8-6 record wasn't enough to land in the top for and Harvard went onto consolation races against the Catamounts. Harvard split its two consolation meetings with Vermont to post a 9-7 record to take fifth overall. Roger Williams posted a 13-4 record to win the event.
The Crimson was represented by six different sailors at the team race that is held in honor of Jan T. Friss, the head builder of the Tufts boathouse in 1948. Juniors Gram Slattery and Brian Drumm and sophomore Andrew Mollerus severed as skippers, while sophomores Jacob Bradt, Sydney Karnovksyand freshman Julia Lord competed as crew.
The Crimson coeds continue their spring season with three regattas March 29-30 as Harvard hosts the Central Series Three and sails at MIT's 33rd Marchiando Trophy Team Race and the BU Trophy hosted by the Terriers. Next week Harvard's women's squad will take the water for the first time in 2014 at the 28th Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown.