Sailing Wins Lark Invitational and FJ Invitational in Opening Weekend

Harvard sailing opens their 2017 fall season with two first-place finishes (Athletic Communications).
Harvard sailing opens their 2017 fall season with two first-place finishes (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team posted two first-place marks in their opening weekend of competition at the Lark Invitational and FJ Invitational. The Crimson recorded top-10 finishes in all five regattas they competed in.

Sailing through challenging conditions, Harvard secured a first-place finish at the Lark Invitational hosted by Tufts this weekend. The Crimson finished with a total of 41 points, 40 points clear of second-place MIT. Lucy Wilmot and Alejandra Resendiz sailed for Harvard in the A-Division with Henry Burnes and Emily Malpass in the B-Divison.

At the FJ Invitational hosted by Harvard, the Crimson bested nine other teams, including Tufts, MIT, Bowdoin, URI, Salve Regina, Providence, Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of New England and UMass Amherst. Eli Burnes, Emily Wang, Owen Schafer and Victoria Marquez earned 39 points in the Crimson's victory.  

Four members of the women's team raced at the Toni Deutsch Trophy, finishing in third place with 160 points overall, just 11 points behind second-place Dartmouth. Sailing for Harvard in the A-Division was Taylor Ladd and Kirstin Anderson with Taylor Gavula and Tess Avery in the B-Division. The regatta was hosted by MIT and featured 16 competitors.

Racing at the Penobscot Bay Open, the Crimson cracked the top-10 earning a seventh-place finish with 107 total points. Nick DiGiovanni, Catherine Tang, Dylan Farrell and Lena Episalla sailed for Harvard in the Maine Maritime-hosted regatta.

At the 43rd annual Harry Anderson Jr. Trophy, Harvard posted a fifth-place finish with 222 points, just two points shy of fourth-place MIT. Nick Sertl and Christine Gosioco sailed in the A-Division for the Crimson with Nick Karnovsky and Jessica Williams in the B-Division.

Harvard Highlights

  • Harvard's first-place finish at the Lark Invitational marks the second year in a row the Crimson has won the event.
  • In their freshman debut, Eli Burnes, Henry Burnes, Emily Malpass, Owen Schafer and Emily Wang each earned first-place finishes in their respective regattas.

What's Next?
Harvard will return to action next weekend with four regattas: the Nevins Trophy, Stu Nelson Trophy, Hatch Brown Trophy, and Central Series Two.