The Crimson coeds took sixth at the New England Championships (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On a weekend where New England saw a mixture of breezes, Harvard sailing teams competed in three regattas. The 17th-seeded Crimson coeds took sixth at the 65th Fowle Trophy and fifth at the 4th Mystic Team Race, while the women's squad finished 17th at the Emily Wick Trophy.
At the Fowle Trophy, which dueled as the 2014 New England Team Race Championship, Harvard faced a competitive field of 12 schools on the Thames River. The Crimson need a top-four finish to qualify for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Team Race Championship, but it fell short as Harvard took sixth with a 7-9 ledger.
The Crimson advanced out of the preliminary round after picking up wins against Bowdoin, No. 16 Connecticut College, No. 18 Coast Guard, No. 12 MIT, No. 11 Tufts and Vermont. In the second round, Harvard defeated No. 9 Dartmouth by taking the one, two and five in the head-to-head race, however it was the Crimson's lone victory in round two.
No. 8 Roger Williams and top-ranked Yale each posted 13-3 marks, but the Hawks downed the Bulldogs to win the title. Sixth-seeded Boston College and Tufts filled in the top four with 11-5 records.
The 4th Mystic Team face featured 10 teams battle in Tufts fleet of larks. Harvard finished the two-day, in-conference team race with a 10-8 mark, which was good for fifth. The hosts went a perfect 18-0 to win the event.
Harvard saw six different sailors take Mystic Lake for the team race. Reid Bergsund, Matthew Mollerus and Marek Zaleski skippered the Crimson coats as Bennett Capozzi, Olivia Kjorlien and Emma Wheeler raced as Harvard's crew.
At its second regatta of the spring, the Crimson women took 17th with 332 points at the Emily Wick Trophy. Caitlin Watson and Kristina Jakobson represented Harvard in the A division. The senior, sophomore boat's performance was highlighted by a win in the 10th race. Sophie Bermudez and Ashleigh Inglis sailed in the B division for Harvard.
Next weekend is the busiest of the spring for Harvard as the two teams split up for five events including the 74th Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies at Yale, which serves as the equivalent of the Ivy League Championships. The coeds will also race at the 27th Thompson Trophy (Coast Guard), the 70th Oberg Trophy (MIT/Northeastern) and the Savin Hill Invitational (Boston College). The women will take the water at Tufts' 35th Duplin Trophy.