|Molly Pleskus skippered Tufts' B boat to three victories at the regatta|
BOSTON - Sitting fourth after the first day of competition on Saturday, the Tufts University women's sailing team rallied to win the 12-team President's Trophy hosted by Boston University on Sunday.
With 10 races in two divisions, the Jumbos posted a winning score of 80 after their finishes in A division totaled to 41 and in B races to 39. In Sunday's four starts, Tufts' A's went second-fourth-third-second and the B's placed fifth-first-first-second to take the title. Second-place University of Rhode Island had a 98 final score.
Tufts was third in both divisions, but combined for the victory. The A team featured senior skipper MaryClaire Kiernan with senior crew Julia Fuller. The B's were skippered by junior Molly Pleskus, with junior Emily Shanley-Roberts and sophomore Sabrina Van Mell sharing the crew role. Van Mell handled the bulk of the races, on board for the third through 10th stats. Shanley-Roberts crewed the first and second races.
The Tufts B dingly won the first, eighth and ninth races of the regatta overall and were the runner-up in the sixth and 10th. In A's, Tufts was first in the sixth race and second for the fifth, seventh and 10th starts.
Sailors were welcomed to the BU sailing pavilion by sunny skies and a great breeze on Saturday. The wind varied from 5-25 mph, providing sailors with plently of chutes and ladders around the race course. While the direction said WSW, sailors saw 180-80 making Saturday typical Charles River sailing.
Sunday brought mid- to high-teens for the wind with temps in the high 70's and low 80's. Sailors enjoyed four races in challenging conditions. Puffs into the 30's blew a few battens out of the sails, but there were no other incidents.