|Griffin Rolander was one of three Tufts skippers|
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Tufts University co-ed sailing team placed eighth out of 10 teams at the Jan T. Friis Trophy hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday and Sunday.
Tufts finished 4-5 in round robin racing, failing to advance as one of six teams to the final round. The Jumbos were one of four squads to compete in a consolation bracket and finished the weekend with a 6-6 mark overall.
Wins for Tufts in the round robin racing came against Boston College, Boston University, Hobart-William Smith and Wisconsin. The HWS Statesmen finished third overall and Boston College's Eagles were fourth. Tufts earned strong 1-2-4 victories against BC and BU. Jumbo round-robin losses came against Bowdoin, Coast Guard, Dartmouth, Roger Williams and eventual regatta champion Yale. The Bulldogs did not lose a race (14-0) during the weekend.
In the bottom four bracket, the Jumbos won two out of three, defeating BU and Wisconsin and losing to Coast Guard. Both Tufts and Coast Guard finished with 6-6 overall marks, but the Jumbos lost a tie-breaker to get eighth-place in the final standings.
Sailing for Tufts were senior skipper Scott Barbano with sophomore crew Ian Morgan, senior skipper Alex Tong with junior crew Lara Dienemann and senior skipper Griffin Rolander with junior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts.
The first day of the Friis Trophy started in a light northeasterly that eventually swung hard to the east and died, allowing only four races to be completed. After a long delay a northerly filled that ranged from 5-12 knots during which another 47 races were completed. A light northeasterly filled the Thames river as competitors arrived Sunday morning. The round 1 round robin was finished and a new round robin was started. Mid-way through round robin 2 the wind faded and died. While sailing was tried over the lunch hour, no new racing was sailed in the second round robin after the delay. The breeze filled again from the E, ESE around 1:15 and sailing resumed. Using the head to head scores of the round sailed earlier, a top 6 bottom 4 was completed.