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Harvard Sailing Places Fifth at the Stu Nelson Trophy

Sophomore Ruane served as part of the B-division team during the Stu Nelson Trophy this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot) 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a weekend plagued by tough sailing weather, the Harvard sailing team emerged with a fifth-place finish at the Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College. Harvard also competed in three other races including the Hoyt Trophy, Oberg Trophy and BC Invitational.

A lack of wind limited the Nelson regatta to four races. Seniors Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper finished top 10 in each race, including second-and third-place showings to earn first-place in their division with 18 points. The weather limited sophomores Morgan Russom and Isabelle Ruane to two races for the B-division pair, finishing with 34 points. Harvard totaled 52 points overall finishing fifth out of a field of 18. Yale edged Connecticut College by two points to take the regatta crown.

At the Hoyt Trophy, the A-division team of freshmen Gram Slattery and Sarah Peirson tallied two-top 10 finishes in six races totaling 70 points overall. The B-division tandem of Michael Drumm and Reid Bergsund finished in the top-10 three times, highlighted by a second-place showing in the fourth race of the regatta. The Crimson finished the weekend with 119 points and 13th place. Boston College won the regatta, with Yale and College at Charleston finishing second and third rounding out the top 3.

Freshman Brian Drumm and junior Nicholas Gordon made up the A-division team at the Oberg Trophy, placing in the top-10 seven times, highlighted by a third-place finish in the seventh race. Sophomore Caitlin Watson and freshman Emma Smith sailed to six top-10 finishes, while the all-sophomore team of Luke O’Connor and Alice Kenney served as the C-division pair, finishing in the top-10 in five races. The three teams combined for 320 points and 12th place. Tufts took the regatta’s top honor, while Dartmouth beat out Vermont for second place. 

Harvard will now look to this coming weekend when it will compete in the Victorian Urn and the Schell Trophy, both scheduled for Oct. 29-30.