SAILING | Women qualify for nationals

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Photo by Sergio Zenisek.

The No. 3 women’s sailing team is headed to nationals.

A fourth-place finish at the New England Championships qualified the women’s team for the ICSA Women’s National Championships to be held from May 23–26 in Cascade Locks, Ore. Meanwhile, the No. 8 coed team took fifth at the Thompson Trophy and fifth at the O’Toole Trophy.

In Bethel Point, Maine, the women’s team needed a top-eight finish at the New England Championships to secure a spot at the national competition. Skipper Claire Dennis ’13 and crew Heather May ’13 placed fourth in the A division. On Saturday, the pair looked strong with two wins and five other top-six finishes in the day’s eight races. Skipper Marlena Fauer ’14 and crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’14 used four top-four results to earn fifth place in the B division. Sunday, two A division races were completed before the breeze vanished. After a long wait and some rain, the regatta was called off, and officials nullified the two A division races due to the lack of matching B division ones.

With the finish, the Elis qualified to compete in the ICSA Women’s National Championships in Oregon. The women’s team won the championship two years ago. Last year, a lack of wind all weekend forced the cancellation of the National Semifinals in Wisconsin.

At Connecticut College, members of the coed team competed for the Thompson Trophy. Skipper Chris Segerblom ’14 and crew Amanda Salvesen ’14 struggled to find consistency on Saturday with a 17th place finish in the fifth race. Still, they ended the day on a high note with first and second place finishes in the final two races. Five top-10s on Sunday gave the pair a fifth-place result in the A division. Cam Cullman ’13 and Isabel Elliman ’12 sailed to second place in the B division. The two finished with seven top-fives in the regatta’s 13 races.

In Newport, R.I., skipper Genoa Warner ’12 and crew Maddy Yozwiak ’14 battled shifty conditions to place in the top five in seven of the 10 A division races at the O’Toole Trophy. The strong results gave the boat a third place division finish. Nace Cohen ’14 and Sinead O’Brien ’13 placed fifth in the B division, giving the Bulldogs a fifth place overall finish.

“[Warner] is very very experienced and very talented,” Yozwiak said. “And a lot of races were just luck because you could be heading towards what was a great puff at great velocity and it would turn out to be nothing.”

Bulldogs sailors Max Nickbarg ’14, Will Feldman ’14, Rob Struckett ’12, Margot Benedict ’12, Stephanie Schuyler ’12 and Tatyana Camejo ’11 sailed at the Staake Trophy in Newport R.I. Very breezy and rainy conditions on Saturday and light conditions on Sunday meant two very different types of sailing. The Elis finished 1–6 and out of the top four.

“We’re kind of a young developing team,” Benedict said. “[Saturday], we struggled a bit, but [Sunday] was much better. We were able to actually use the skills that we’ve earned over the year.”

Next weekend, the coed team will compete at the 8th George Morris Trophy.

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