SAILING: Women win N.E. championship

The Yale women’s sailing team brought home the New England Championship title, while the coed sailing team finished its regular season with regattas at MIT and Fordham this weekend.

The No. 1 women won both the A and B divisions at the New England Championship, beating out No. 6 Boston College for the title. The win earns the Bulldogs a spot in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s Semifinal Championship. The No. 2 coed team sent crews to the Boston Dinghy Cup at MIT, where they placed third, and to the Greater New York Open at Fordham, where they placed seventh.

“Winning both divisions showed how we were able to perform under pressure and against so many good teams,” Marlena Fauer ’14 said. “It really gives us confidence heading into the postseason and nationals.”

Fauer skippered the women’s B division boat with crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’14. Yale’s A division boat was skippered by Morgan Kiss ’15 with crew member Amanda Salvesen ’14. Kiss and Amanda Salvesen ’14 had 11 top three finishes in the weekend’s races, while Fauer and Greig had nine.

According to Fauer, the team was excited about the weekend’s performances and looks to continue to race well.

The coed sailing team fought hard at the Boston Dinghy Cup, placing fourth, first and second in the A, B and C divisions, respectively, and finishing third overall.

“Despite the tough conditions, the team was able to stay levelheaded and sail to its best abilities,” Ian Barrows ’17 said.

The Bulldogs faced rough sailing conditions on the Charles River over the weekend.

Barrows skippered the winning B division boat with crew Meredith Megarry ’17. Captain and skipper Chris Segerblom ’14 and crew Charlotte Belling ’16 sailed the A division, while skipper Max Nickbarg ’14 with crew members Sarah Smith ’15 and Natalya Doris ’17 took the C.

The coed team sent younger crews to race at Fordham’s Greater New York Open. Skipper Mitchell Kiss ’17 sailed the A division with crew members Emily Johnson ’16 and Chandler Gregoire ’17.

“[Kiss] and I began sailing when there wasn’t very much wind,” Gregoire said. “We were working on getting a good start and having good boat speed.”

Gregoire said that Johnson took over for her when the wind picked up because she and Kiss sailed as a light wind combo, while Johnson and Kiss sailed in heavier wind. Kiss and Johnson were able to sail well in the strong winds, Gregoire added.

The coed sailing team will host the New England Dinghy Championship at Yale this weekend. The Eli women await the ICSA Semifinal Championship, which will begin on May 29.

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