Freshmen Lead the Way in Capturing Sailing’s First Victory

Freshmen Lead the Way in Capturing Sailing’s First Victory

Nick DiGiovanni, Divya Arya, Cara Kennedy-Cuomo and Jackson Wagner, Olivia Kjorlien pick up Harvard's first win of the season. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard sailing team picked up its first victory of the season at the Central Series One regatta at Tufts, winning four of the 20 races. Jackson Wagner and Olivia Kjorlien finished with a regatta-best 41 points racing in the B-division while Nick DiGiovanni and Cara Kennedy-Cuomo pushed the Crimson to triumph after day two of sailing in the A-division tallying 50 points of their own.   

After a successful Saturday on the water with DiGiovanni and Arya in the B-division, Harvard sat behind first place Tufts.  DiGiovanni and Kennedy-Cuomo completed the course on Sunday winning three of the six races. Freshmen skippers DiGiovanni and Wagner set the pace for their crews on both days tallying a regatta-best 91 points. 

At the 73rd Pine Trophy hosted by Coast Guard, the Crimson finished all eight races with top five finishes, placing second among eight teams.  Skipper Nick Sertl led the J-70 with crew Jake Bradt, Kristina Jakobson, and Taylor Ladd totaling 21 points, only five points behind the leader, Dartmouth, and helping them achieve their goal of qualifying for the New England Match Race Championship.   

Harvard ranked third of 14 teams after a stellar performance with an A-division pairing of Dylan Farrell and Zoe Kessler and B-division pairing of Nick Karnovfsy and Ari Gross at the Harvard Invitational on Sunday. The Crimson registered 47 points in the regatta, while Bowdoin captured the first and second place titles with 45 and 46 points, respectively.   

Strong performances from A-division pairing of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky and B-division pairing of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord combined for a fourth-place finish which topped last years' 11th place finish at the Harry Anderson Trophy.  Both pairings tallied 209 points and 13 top-five finishes in the regatta.   

The women's team competed at the Toni Deutsch Trophy and landed a 10th-place result with an A-division pairing of Sophie Bermudez and Emma Wheeler and a B-division pairing of Taylor Gavula and Normin Jagdadorj. Twelve of the 30 races included top-five finishes totaling 29 points, 115 coming from the A-division and 94 from the B-division.   

The Crimson returns to the water with three regatts Sept. 19-20. The women's team will travel to Connecticut College to compete for the Stu Nelson Trophy while the co-ed team will head to MIT for the Hatch Brown Trophy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the Nevins Trophy.