Season Ends with Promise for the Future

BOSTON, Mass.--(4/23/12)--The Sailing Team recently completed their championship season, finishing 15th out of 17 at the New England Dinghy Championship for the Coast Guard Alumni Bowl and 14th at the Women's New England Championship for the Reed Trophy. Although the Bears were unable to qualify for either of the National Championships, the young team gained invaluable experience by being able to sail in such high level events. In the notoriously competitive New England Conference, learning how to sail a championship this early in their career bodes well for the future of the team.

At the New England Dinghy Championship, hosted by Harvard University on April 14-15, the Charles River was its usual self with variable and unpredictable conditions that made for very tight racing and close scores. In A-Division, Bradley Milliken ('14), Kristen Holloway ('12), Amanda Hamlet ('12), and Matthew Stroebel ('12) finished 16th with 235 points. Dylan Finneran ('15) and Jaimie Chicoine ('14) finished 14th in B-Division with 246 points.

Harvard won their home event and the New England Championship with a final score of 231 points. Roger Williams was close behind with 240 and Yale rounded out the top-3 with 250 points. Along with those three, Dartmouth, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts, and Brown all qualified for the ICSA National Championship Semi-Finals.

The Women's New England Championship for the Reed Trophy was hosted by Boston College on April 28-29. Perfect racing conditions on both days provided an excellent event at which the Lady Bears were able to hone their skills against the conference's best. In A-Division, Devon Rohde ('15) and Justine Morrison ('13) peaked at the right time to sail their best event of the season. In a division where the entire fleet often finished within feet of each other, the duo was always in the battle to the finishing line despite their 14th place finish (189 points) in their division.

Lauren Cefali ('15), Kristen Holloway ('12), and Jennifer Lane ('15) got off to a rough start in B-Division but quickly found their groove and posted some impressive scores for their first championship. In the last eight races, they never finished outside of the top-10 and consistently moved up the leader board. They finished 9th in their division with 150 points.

Boston College won the event with a remarkably low score of 97. Yale was 2nd with 157 points and along with B.C. earns a direct berth to the ICSA Women's National Championship Finals. Advancing to the Semi-Finals from New England were Brown University, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, University of Rhode Island, and Harvard.

The Bears sailed the youngest team of sophomore and freshman skippers at each championship and thus come away with a solid foundation for upcoming seasons.

Good luck to all the New England teams who advanced to Nationals!
 

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