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Four Top-Five Finishes for Harvard Sailors

Kopp helped Harvard total just 81 points in 17 races (photo courtesy Rob Migliaccio).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard sailors placed in the top five of four regattas over the weekend. The Crimson finished second at the Dorchester Bay Invitational, fourth at the Old Guard regatta and Boston Dinghy Cup and fifth at the Duplin Trophy Women’s Team Race.

Alan Palmer skippered the Crimson to a second-place finish in the A Division at the Old Guard, hosted by Tufts. Harvard sailors came won a pair of B divisions, Brendan Kopp and Alma Lafler at the Dinghy Cup and Jason Michas and Alex Bick in the Dorchester Bay Invitational.

The 16-team Old Guard, hosted by Brown, awards the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies. Yale took the Owen Trophy as the overall winner and the Mosbacher as the Ivy League champion, while Kings Point earned the Knapp as the top-finishing service academy.

Harvard placed fourth overall 137 points, led by Palmer with 40 in the A division. With help from crews Meghan Wareham, Michelle Konstadt and Winston Yan, he won three times and had four runner-up finishes in 12 races, never finishing outside the top half of the field. The Crimson finished three points back of division-winner Yale.

Kopp and Lafler dominated the B division in the Dinghy Cup, hosted by Harvard, Boston University and MIT. Racing 17 times in an 18-school field, the Crimson duo won twice and finished outside the top five just three times. They won the division by 22 points.

Michas and Bick totaled 104 points in 15 races in the Dorchester Bay regatta, hosted by Boston College. With both pairs from all nine schools racing against one another, they finished second on three occasions and finished fifth among the 18 total boats. The A-division duo of Sam Millham and Jin Zang was just five points back, as Harvard trailed only BU in the overall standings.

In the Duplin Trophy at Tufts, the Harvard pairs of Liz Powers and Marie Appel  and Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper teamed up with a BU duo for an 8-9 overall record.