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Sailing Takes Third at NE Freshmen Championships, Falls Short at ACC Qualifiers

The Class of 2017 took third at the New England Freshmen Championships (photo courtesy Ken Larger).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On a weekend where New England was plagued by light and variable sailing conditions, the Harvard sailing teams faced the elements and competed in three regattas. The freshman class highlighted the Crimson's performance as it took third at the Nickerson Trophy, the New England Freshman Championship. The No. 11 coeds sailed at the 73rd Erwin Schell Trophy while the women competed at the 48th Victorian Coffee Urn Trophy.

The top freshmen across the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association competed at the Nickerson Trophy on Mystic Lake, in Medford, Mass. In Tuft's fleet of Larks, the quartet from Harvard's Class of 2017 posted 77 points for third place. In the B division, freshmen Matthew Mollerus and Olivia Kjorlien served as skipper and crew, respectively. The duo finished in the top six in all eight races, including a victory to conclude the regatta and two second-place finishes to take third in the group with 27 points. Juan Carlos Perdomo skippered the A division boat with Julia Lord as his crew. With all top-10 finishes and a win in the third race of competition, the pair tallied 50 points for sixth place in the division.

At the Schell trophy, the coeds faced a competitive field of 18 schools on the Charles River. The Crimson needed a top seven finish to advance to the Atlantic Coast Championship, but it fell 19 points shy as Harvard posted 170 points for 12th place. The B division team of junior Brian Drumm and sophomore Jacob Bradt sailed to four top-five finishes for 73 points and eighth place. A foursome of Crimson made up the A division boat that took 12th in the group with 97 points. Sophomores Andrew Molleurs and Sydney Karnovsky worked together in the first four races while junior Michael Drumm and senior Isabel Ruane competed in the final five. With the 12th-place finish, the Crimson will compete at the Atlantic Coast Tournament at Connecticut College, Nov. 16-17.

Also on the Charles, the women vied for a place at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship at the Urn. Harvard, which hosted the qualifying event, missed the qualifying field by seven places as it took 15th with 163 points. Senior Caitlin Watson and sophomore Kristina Jakobson represented the Crimson in the A division with a 15th-place finish while sophomore Sophie Bermudez and junior Ashleigh Inglish sailed to 16th in the B division.

Perdomo will compete for the ICSA Singlehanded Championship crown this weekend while the coeds sail at the Hap Moore Trophy and host the Mike Horn Trophy. The Crimson women will return to the water in the spring.