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Sailing finishes in top ten

The nationally-ranked No. 11 MIT Women’s Sailing team closed out the fall season in fine form by capturing sixth place out of 18 squads at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship this past weekend. Meanwhile, the No. 10 coed team was fourth in the NEISA Top Eight Regatta. This event filled the void following the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Championship due to the lingering impact of Hurricane Sandy on host U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sophomore Chloe Lepert and junior Iris Xu produced six top-ten finishes in eight rounds en route to fifth place in the A Division. The duo won the third round, was the runner-up in the opening race, and was sixth in the sixth and seventh rotations. The B Division boat, comprised of junior Hanna M. Vincent and senior Taylor S. Burfield, also entered the top ten on six occasions and ended up sixth in the standings. They finished second in the seventh race, were fifth in the fourth round, and posted a pair of eighth and ninth-place performances.

Competing against their fellow Atlantic Coast Championship qualifiers, Andrew Z. Sommer ’13 and Kelden M. Pehr ’13 finished fourth among the A Division units. The tandem was second in the fourth race and claimed sixth in the fifth round after opening the competition with back-to-back seventh-place finishes. Among the B boats, Philip C. Crain ’13 and Steven G. Drapcho ’13 were sixth after ranking third, fourth, and ninth.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff