Junior Perdomo picks up first-place at the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship (Rob Migliaccio).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Juan Carlos Perdomo placed first at the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship this weekend to qualify him for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championship.
Perdomo was victorious at the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Yale by nailing 10 top-five finishes in the 14-race regatta for a total of 65 points. Perdomo finished 10th in the initial race, but his performance only improved from there as he crossed the line first five times.
Capturing the title makes him the first Harvard champion since Kyle Kovacs '08 in 2008. This years' Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championship will take place November 6-8 and will be hosted by Old Dominion. As a freshman, Perdomo was the runner-up at Nationals after qualifying with a third-place finish at the NEISA Championship.
Senior Marek Zaleski, freshmen Andrew Puopolo and Jackson Wagner also competed in the championship placing 10th, 14th and 23rd, respectively. Zaleski raced through the 14 races tallying four top-five finishes for 147 points, Puopolo completed the regatta with 190 points. Wagner, meanwhile, totaled 270 points at the end of the two-day event.
Harvard also competed in the 33rd Professor Stedman Hood Trophy placing ninth out of 19 teams. The A-division vessel of skipper Nick Sertl and crew Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj sailed into six top-five finishes while the B-division pairing of Nick DiGiovanni and Priscilla Russo had three top-five performances, combining for 150 points.
The NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Boston College will take place on Oct. 3 and 4. Harvard will host its second invitational of the season on Saturday, Oct. 3 while the Crimson also travels to two other regattas including the Mystic Lake Invitational hosted by Tufts and the Smith Trophy hosted by MIT.