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Sailing Nets Three Top-Five Finishes Opening Weekend

Co-captain Ruane helped the Crimson to a second-place finish at the Harry Anderson Trophy opening weekend (photo courtesy Robert Migliaccio).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On its first weekend of racing this autumn, the Harvard sailing teams turned in a trio of top-five performances in four regattas. The Crimson claimed its first victory of the season at the Harvard Invitational, took second at the 39th Harry Anderson Trophy and placed fifth at the Lark Invitational. The women finished seventh at the Toni Deutsch Trophy.

"I am very pleased with our first weekend of competition. The fact that we were in a tight battle with Yale on their home waters bodes very well for us," said head coach Michael O'Connor. "Michael Drumm, Jake Bradt and Isabel Ruane sailed a great regatta. Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky also did a great job against some top flight competition. Our team has been working hard over the last few weeks and it showed this weekend."

Eighteen teams competed at the Harry Anderson Trophy, the first intersectional regatta of the fall, where the No. 16 Crimson coeds finished 34 points behind host No. 2 Yale for second-place. Saturday featured A division in FJ's and B division sailing 420's in nine races. Six more races were sailed on day 2 of competition with A division now in 420's and B division in FJ's.

In the B division, junior Michael Drumm skippered all 14 races as sophomore Jacob Bradt and senior Isabel Ruane split time at the crew position. The trio finished first in the division, recording 77 points, including two wins, three second-place and two third-place finishes.

The A division skipper, sophomore Andrew Mollerus, sailed with classmate Sydney Karnovsky. The pair's highlights from the weekend included a first-place finish during the sixth race. Harvard totaled 97 points in the A division, good for fourth place, and 169 points overall.

At the Lark Invitational, hosted by No. 10 Tufts, Harvard finished fifth in the eight-school field with 225 points. Junior Reid Bergund and freshman Cara Kennedy-Cuomo served as skipper and crew, respectively, on the A division boat that placed sixth. The duo finished strong, placing in the top-ten in nine of the last ten races. In the B division, senior Ames Lyman and junior Ansel Duff shared time at skipper with freshman Hajar El Fatihi at the crew position. The boat notched single-digit finishes on seven occasion, including first place in the seventh race. The Jumbos posted 143 points for the victory.

Twelve teams arrived in Cambridge for the Harvard Invitational Sunday morning. The Crimson's first victory of the season came at home. The A division pair of freshmen Matthew Mollerus and Emma Wheeler, sailed to a phenomenal score of 8, with four first-place finishes in six races, to put Harvard in a prime position to win the regatta. The B division team of rookies Bennett Capozzi and Julia Lord, who alternated positions, also posted a great score of 31 to help the Crimson beat second-place MIT by five points.

On the women's side, Harvard finished seventh out of 17 teams at the Toni Deutsch Trophy, which honors MIT's first female varsity letterwinner and pioneer in turning college sailing into a coed sport. Senior Caitlin Watson and sophomore Kristina Jakobson, skipper and crew respectively, sailed together for all 12 races and a sixth-place score in the A division. The duo had a win and three top-three finishes while sophomore skipper Sophie Bermudez and junior crew Ashleigh Inglis sailed to seventh place in the B division. With 150 points, Boston College took home the trophy.

"Our women showed much promise in their regatta as well," O'Connor said. "Caitlin Watson and Kristina Jakobson proved that they can win races against the best players in the conference. Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis also had some flashes of brilliance over the course of the weekend. It was great to see our freshmen get a win at home. They made some classic rookie mistakes, but they did a good job of bouncing back each time."

Harvard will be back on the water Sept. 21-22 competing in five regattas. Among those are the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth and Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT.