Sertl, Bradt and Ladd qualified for the ICSA Match Race National Championship from Nov. 20-22 (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Skipper Nick Sertl with crew Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd captured a first-place finish at the New England Match Race Championship this past weekend. The victory marks the first time since 2001 that the Crimson has won the regatta.
With a breezy start on Saturday, sailors in Yngling dinghies raced against the eight other teams in a round robin finishing fourth. On Sunday, the Crimson sailed with ease as they beat Rhode Island in the quarterfinals, Yale in the semifinals and Dartmouth in the final race.
As a result of the regatta, Sertl, Bradt and Ladd qualified for the ICSA Match Race National Championship in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, hosted by the College of Charleston. They will sail from Nov. 20-22 against nine other teams, including Dartmouth which placed second this weekend. This marks the first appearance at the Match Race National Championship since 2005 when Harvard recorded a 10th-place finish in Gull Lake, Michigan.
At the Truxtun Umsted Memorial Regatta, the Crimson finished third of 19 teams. Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo sailed solo in a Radial dinghy and recorded a second-place result with a total of 88 points and 14 top-five marks out of 18 races. The A-division of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky and the B-division of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord finished the regatta with 158 and 139 points, respectively. Freshman Andrew Puopolo also sailed solo rounding out the Crimson with 154 points. Harvard totaled 31 top-five finishes out of the 72 races sailed at the regatta.
The freshmen pairing of Nick Karnovsky and Alejandra Resendiz in the A-division tallied four top-five marks as they finished with 79 points at the FJ/NC Firefly Invitational, hosted by MIT. Junior Bennett Capozzi and freshman Christine Gosioco ended the regatta with the third-lowest points in the B-division with 42 points recording seven top-five results. Both vessels combined for a seventh-place finish at the invitational.
Harvard placed 14th of 18 teams at the Captain Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth, sailing in 420 dinghies. Nick DiGiovanni and Priscillia Russo in the A-division finished with 156 points while the B-Division of Jackson Wagner and Olivia Kjorlien sailed for a total of 176 points. The C-division pairing of Dylan Farrell and Nomin Jagdagdorj recorded 164 points as the three divisions combined for 496 points.
Harvard's two divisions at the Yale Women's Interconference Regatta tallied a 17th-place finish. The A-division of Sophie Bermudez and Emma Wheeler logged 245 points and the B-division pairing of Taylor Gavula and Kristina Jakobson charted 199 points.
The Crimson will continue sailing next weekend as it hosts the Mrs. Hurst Bowl and competes for the Hoyt Trophy (Brown), Oberg Trophy (MIT/Northeastern), Central Series 6 (Boston College) and the URI Women's Invitational (Rhode Island).