Women’s Sailing Cruises to Second-Place Finish at St. Mary’s

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Closing out its third consecutive three-race weekend, the Harvard sailing team secured a top-5 and a top-10 finish this weekend out on the water. The women's crew placed second overall at the St. Mary's Interconference and the coed team finished seventh at the Ike Geiger Team Race hosted by MIT. Narrowly missing the top-10 cut, the Crimson also earned 11th at the Graham Hall trophy hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy. 

The Crimson women's team opened up the St. Mary's Interconference with a strong performance out on the water, picking up six first-place finishes across both the A and B Divisions to put them at the top of the pack at the end of day one. Battling it out with Ivy rival Yale throughout the final four races of the weekend, Harvard ultimately secured second overall with 172 total team points. In the A Division, Emma Kaneti raced at crew for all 14 races, while Lily Cunningham and Emma Jakobson split time at crew. Taylor Gavula took command at skipper for the B Division, with Tess Avery and Emily Wang both seeing time as crew. 

Racing in familiar waters on the Charles River, the Crimson coed crew competed at the Ike Geiger Team Race hosted by MIT. Finishing seventh overall, the Crimson earned wins over Brown (2-3-4), Rhode Isalnd (2-3-4), Northeastern (1-3-4) and Roger Williams (2-3-4) for a 4-10 race record. Jackson Wagner, Jonas Nelle and Frankie Doyle competed at skipper for Harvard, while Gayatri Balasubramanian, Zennie Wey and Iulianna Taritsa sailed at crew.

After a sailoff with George Washington on the final day of competition in Annapolis, Maryland, the coed team finished 11th overall of a 7-8 record in a packed field at the Graham Hall Team Race. Harvard's lineup headed into the weekend featured Eli Burnes, Henry Burnes and Nick Karnovksy at skipper, while Paul Kuechler, Lena Episalla, Jessica Williams, Catherine Tang and Owen Schafer rotated at crew.

Up Next
Harvard looks forward to a packed slate next weekend, March 23-24. Competing at four races across the East Coast, the coed team will split between the Szambecki Trophy Team Race hosted by Old Dominion, the Vietor Trophy hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the BU Team Race, while the women's team will take on the Duplin Trophy Team Race hosted by Tufts.