Sailing Takes Third at New England Match Race Championships

Sailing Takes Third at New England Match Race Championships

Kevin Coakley, Taylor Ladd and Nick Sertl assisted to a third place finish at the New England Match Race Championships (Robert Migliaccio).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ­– The sailing team split up for the sixth weekend of competition to sail at the New England Match Race Championship (3rd), the Truxtun Umsted Trophy (16th), the Yale Women's Invitational (17th), the Captain Hurst Bowl (15th) and the FJ/Firefly Invitational (8th).

At the NE Match Race Championships, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Boston College led the eight-boat fleet on Narragansett Bay. The Crimson and the Big Green battled for the second- place position, going back and forth throughout the regatta. Nick Sertl, Taylor Ladd and Kevin Coakley held their own against the Big Green, but ultimately finished one point behind in third place.

Harvard also raced at the Truxtun Umsted Trophy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Crimson brought six athletes to compete in the four-division regatta: Jackson Wagner, Catherine Tang, Nick Digiovanni, Taylor Lord, Andrew Puopolo and Sofia Mascia. Wagner and Tang sailed in the A-Division and finished with 203 points at the end of the regatta. In the B-Division, Digiovanni and Lord tallied 217 points to stay in the middle of the pack. Puopolo competed in a Laser in the C-Division, fighting for six top-10 finishes and 158 points.  Mascia competed in the D-Division in a Laser Radial and finished the weekend with 207 points.

At the Yale Women's Regatta, Taylor Gavula and Emma Wheeler competed in the A-Division, with support from Jessica Williams and Kristin Anderson in the B-Division. The women's only regatta featured 18 competitors and 12 races in each division. Gavula and Wheeler tallied six top-10 finishes and 116 points during the weekend. Williams and Anderson were not able to conquer the tough winds, posting 171 points over the two-day event.

Harvard saw action at the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth on Lake Mascoma. In the A-Division, Nick Karnovsky and Divya Arya set the pace for a successful weekend, posting a first- place finish during the first race. Karnovsky and Arya finished the weekend earning four additional top-10 finishes and 68 points. The Crimson was unable to pull ahead of the 16-boat fleet in the B and C divisions. Harvard finished the weekend at 15th overall with 263 points.

At the FJ/Firefly Invitational, Victoria Marquez and Alejandra Resendiz earned a top-10 finish in all seven races for the A-Division, tallying 30 points. Ben Zheng and Amalia Frohna competed in the B-Division, contributing two top-10 finishes and 82 points. Harvard finished the race in eighth place overall.

The Crimson will continue its busy season with four regattas next weekend: The Hoyt Trophy at Brown, the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, the Oberg Trophy at MIT and Central Series II at Boston College.