A few teams were off for the Eagles this past weekend, but a number of the Olympic sports were in action across the country.
It was another busy weekend for the Boston College sailing teams, as they competed in races hosted by MIT, Boston University, Dartmouth, and the US Coast Guard Academy. The Eagles took home first place in the George Warren Smith Trophy at MIT, jumping out to an early lead and managing to hold off second place finisher Roger Williams and win by five points. BC performed well in its remaining races as well, finishing in ninth, fifth, and sixth in the events hosted by BU, Dartmouth, and the US Coast Guard Academy respectively.
Both the women’s and the co-ed sailing team’s found themselves ranked highly in the first national poll of the season. The poll had the women’s team ranked second overall, taking in six first place votes and behind only Yale. The co-ed team came in with the #5 ranking in their first poll of the season.
Both teams will be off this weekend before returning to the waters for several more races on October 14-15.
With the women’s cross country off for the weekend, the men’s team was in Fayetteville, Arkansas competing in the Chile Pepper Invitational. The Eagles managed to finish in just seventh out of the 11 teams, but junior Sean Burke had a strong personal day for BC. Burke finished fourth overall in the 10K, running a 30:19.1 to place in the top five in a field of 89 runners. Burke finished 40 spots ahead of the next fastest Eagle, finishing the race more than two minutes faster than classmate Benjamin Osipow. Arkansas finished first overall in their own Invitational.
Both the men and the women will return to action on October 7th to run in the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston.
The Boston College men’s tennis team had a solid showing to open their 2017-18 season when they competed at the Brown University Invitational over the weekend. Four different Eagles won two of their singles matches over the weekend and every doubles pairing won at least one. Freshman Chris Grasel may have had the best weekend of anyone for BC, as he won twice in both singles and doubles play. The Eagles competed against teams from Brown, Bryant, Villanova and Colgate in the tournament and will now have a few weeks off before returning to the court on October 27.
The women’s team is currently participating in the All American Championships hosted by UCLA. They will head to New Haven Connecticut for the Yale Invitational October 6-8 when the multi day tournament wraps up midweek.