Sailing Adds Pair of Runner-Up Finishes at Co-Ed Showcase, Stu Nelson Trophy

Henry Burnes and Iulianna Taritsa sail on the Charles.
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a first- and second-place finish last weekend, the Harvard co-ed and women's sailing teams continued the momentum with two additional runner-up finishes over the weekend at the Co-Ed Showcase at St. Mary's and the Stu Nelson Trophy at Connecticut College. Harvard matched Boston University for first in the Co-Ed Showcase, but was defeated in the tie-breaker.

Sailing at the St. Mary's Showcase in St. Mary's, Maryland, junior skipper Eli Burnes and junior crew Emily Wang captured the A-Division of the regatta, beating second-place Dartmouth by four points. The pair helped the Crimson to a second-place overall finish in a top-flight regatta. In the B-Division, junior skipper Henry Burnes and senior crew Iulianna Taritsa sailed to a fourth-place mark. 

The Harvard women traversed to Connecticut College for a second consecutive weekend and captured another runner-up finish, matching the best performance of the season, also on the Thames River last weekend. Sailing in shifty conditions, the Crimson was led by first-year skipper Sarah Burn and senior crew Jessica Williams, who were victorious in the B-Division. Sophomore Emma Kaneti and junior Emma Jakobson finished in second in the A-Division. Across the two divisions, the Harvard was just 11 points shy of champion Stanford.

On Lake Mascoma in Hanover, New Hampshire, Harvard secured 11th place in the Hewitt Trophy and was led by first-years Dylan Ascensios and Corinne Lee, placing 10th in the A-Division. At the postponed Smith Trophy, the Crimson concluded the weekend with a 13th-place performance on the Charles.

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Harvard will sail its lightest weekend of the fall slate next weekend, with just a pair of races. The Crimson will compete at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and return to St. Mary's (Md.) for the Women's Showcase Finals Oct. 12-13.