|Ian Morgan crewed in B division for the Jumbos|
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Tufts sailing B division team of senior skipper Scott Barbano with sophomore crew Ian Morgan posted a strong fifth-place showing in their races to lead the Jumbos to eighth place overall among 18 teams at the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday.
By virture of finishing eighth, the Jumbos earned the final qualifying spot into the Atlantic Coast Championship coming up November 12-13 on the Charles River in Cambridge.
With a score of 70 in B's, the Jumbos were just one point behind Roger Williams and Dartmouth who both tied for third place with 69 scores (RWU won the tie-breaker). Barbano and Morgan had six top-five finishes among their 11 races at the regatta, including a runner-up performances in the fourth and 11th starts.
Tufts had a 178 score overall to take eighth place as a team. They were two behind seventh-place Dartmouth (176) and one in front of ninth-place Roger Williams (179) during tight racing. Yale won the regatta with 47-59-106 scoring.
In A's, Tufts had a 108 score to place 10th after earning a tie-breaker over Vermont. Senior skipper Griffin Rolander and junior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts had a best finish of fourth in the final race.
Saturday was a fantastic day of racing in a southwest breeze ranging from 8-12 knots. Sunday proved to be a bit more challenging as the breeze struggled to fill consistently, warranting many abandoned races and sequences. One race was completed in a northwesterly. The remaining races were sailed in a southerly ranging from 6-8 knots.