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Sailors Earn Berth to the ICSA Dinghy National Championship

For the first time since 2003, the MIT sailing team qualified for the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship in Newport, R.I. on June 2-4. The Engineers earned a berth by placing a fifth place out of eighteen teams at the ISCA Western Semifinal at the University of Southern California this past weekend.

Leading the Engineers were B-Division skipper Brooks L. Reed ’09 and crew Elizabeth A. Hass ’10, who finished third in their circuit. Senior co-captains John M. “Jack” Field ’08 and Julie C. Arsenault ’08 battled a difficult fleet to finish ninth in A-Division, with Joshua C. Leighton ’10 and Karlen E. Ruleman ’09 subbing for two races.

“This wasn’t just an accomplishment for the six sailors who sailed at Long Beach, this was an accomplishment for the entire team,” said MIT coach Matt Lindblad.

­—Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff