Women's Sailing Opens with 5th Place at Toni Deutsch Event

MaryClaire Kiernan skippered Tufts' A dingy

CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts women's sailing team opened the 2016-17 season with a solid fifth-place showing at the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 13 races in two divisions, the Jumbos totaled a 77 score in A's and an 84 total in B's for a 161 final. They edged sixth-place Harvard (162) and were five behind fourth-place Boston College (156). Thirteen teams raced overall.

Senior MaryClaire Kiernan skippered the Jumbo A boat with senior crew Julia Fuller. They had a fantastic stretch of three wins in four races early, earning firsts in the third, fourth and sixth starts. Tufts was fifth in A division overall.

For the B team, junior Molly Pleskus skippered with sophomore crew Sabrina van Mell. They were seventh in the division, posting third-place efforts in the third and sixth races.

Saturday featured a nice 5-9 knot east wind with plenty of shifts to offer passing lanes. A breezy day on the Charles River followed on Sunday. Winds were WNW ranging from 5-15 knots with plenty of puffs and lulls and shifts.

The Brown Bears won this year's Toni Deutch '58 Trophy, honoring the first women's varsity letter winner in MIT Athletics history and one of the pioneers for women's collegiate sailing.