Harvard Sails to Victory at Central Series One

Harvard Sails to Victory at Central Series One

Mollerus and Kjorlien lead the Crimson to its first win of the season (Megan Moore).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team picked up its first victory of the season at the first Central Series, where Harvard won 10 of the 14 races in the regatta. The duo of sophomores Matthew Mollerus and Olivia Kjorlien finished with a regatta-best 32 points, while the pair of freshman Nick Sertl and sophomore Emma Wheeler ended with 39 points.

Mollerus and Kjorlien set the tone early with top-two places in each of the first five races of the regatta. The tandem finished with seven victories and finished in the top four in 13 of 14 races. Sertl and Wheeler added to Harvard's rout in the "B" boat, as they tallied three wins and eight top-two finishes. In nine of the 14 races, both Crimson boats finished together in the top three.

Harvard finished seventh at the first Harvard invitational of the year after posting top-six finishes in five of the eight races at the event, including a second-place finish during the third run of the day. Freshman Dylan Farrell served as the skipper of the "A" boat with classmate Olivia Herrington, while junior Adam Brodheim and sophomore Cara Kennedy Cuomo were in the boat for the "B" races.

The coed team also sailed for the Harry Anderson Trophy in New Haven, Conn., where the Crimson sailed to an 11th-place finish. The "B" boat, skippered by Michael Drumm, finished with the fourth-best total among similar opponents, scoring 85 points over twelve races. Freshman Kevin Coakley and junior Sydney Karnovsky split time as the crew. The "A" boat finished with 141 points, and sailed to a victory in the first race of the day. Seven different student-athletes spent time in the "A" boat.

The women's team sailed at the Toni Deutsch Invitational, and picked up a ninth-place finish. The "B" boat of junior Sophie Bermudez and senior Ashleigh Inglis finished with the third-best score among similar boats, notching four top-three finishes at the regatta. Freshman Taylor Ladd and junior Kristina Jakobson sailed in the "A" boat, and ended with a pair of top-four finishes as well.

Harvard returns to the water Sept. 20 with four more regattas. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will host the Nevins Trophy at 9 a.m., while the Hatch Brown Trophy (at MIT), Central Series Two (at Boston College) and Mrs. Hurst Bowl (at Dartmouth) will begin at 9:30 a.m.