Sailing Finishes Eighth In First-Ever Team Race National Championship

Sailing Finishes Eighth In First-Ever Team Race National Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 ICSA LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship

- Result: 8th of 16 (10-12 Overall; 9-6 in Preliminary Round Robin; 1-6 in Round of 8)

- Location: Charleston, S.C.

- The Lead: Competing in the programs first-ever Team Race National Championship, the No. 15-nationally-ranked MIT sailing team finish eighth overall of 16 teams this weekend. In the head-to-head format, MIT compiled a record of 9-6 in the preliminary round and advanced to the round of eight where MIT went 1-6 to finish eighth overall in the very competitive field.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT used eight different student-athletes this weekend in its first-ever Team Race National Championship. Juniors Cutter O'Connell (Del Mar, Calif.) and Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.) as well as senior Alec Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) served as the team's skippers, while seniors Lisa Sukharev-Chuyan (Temple, N.H.), Jorlyn Le Garrec (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Jordan Ladd (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii) in addition to sophomore Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.) served as the team's crews.

- Each matchup with each team featured six boats and the team score was based on the finish of each boat. The fewest combined points in each head-to-head match-up earned a win (For Example - MIT vs. Wisconsin: MIT finished 1st, 2nd, 5th for 8 pts, Wisconsin finished 3rd, 4th and 6th for 13 pts meaning MIT defeated Wisconsin 8-13 – low score wins).

- The Engineers had a slow start to the national championship as they opened with an overall record of 3-4 over their first four matchups, but five straight wins that followed secured their spot in the round of eight. During the preliminary round, MIT bested Wisconsin (1-2-5), Northwestern (1-2-5), Hawaii (1-2-5), Ecked (1-2-5), Old Dominion (1-2-6), Oregon State (1-2-4), Stanford (1-3-5), Texas A & M (1-2-3), and Hobart & William Smith (1-2-5) for an overall record of 9-6.

- On Sunday, MIT competed in the Round of Eight, which was comprised of the eight best remaining teams from Saturday. The Engineers finished 1-6 on the second day to finish eighth overall with a record of 10-12. MIT bested Navy when they took first, second and fifth in that head-to-head match-up for its only win of the day in the Round of Eight.

Preliminary Round:

Boston College - L (3-5-6)
Wisconsin - W (1-2-5)
Charleston - L (3-4-5)
Northwestern - W (1-2-5)
Hawaii - W (1-2-5)
Georgetown - L (1-5-6)
Navy - L (3-4-6)
Eckerd - W (1-2-5)
ODU - W (1-2-6)
Oregon State - W (1-2-4)
Stanford - W (1-3-5)
Texas A&M - W (1-2-3)
Tufts - L (2-5-6)
Hobart & William Smith - W (1-2-5)
Yale - L (4-5-6)

Round of Eight:

Boston College – L (3-4-6)
Yale – L (3-4-5)
Stanford – L (4-5-6)
Charleston – L (3-4-6)
Georgetown – L (3-5-6)
Navy – W (1-2-5)
Hobart & William Smith – L (3-4-6)

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