October 25, 2012

Bears 7th at Oberg, 4th at Wellehan

Cambridge, Mass. --(10/21/12)--The Coast Guard Academy Sailing Team had a successful weekend, finishing at the top of the fleet at two in-conference trophy events.

At the Oberg Trophy hosted by Northeastern and Harvard, ideal conditions on the Charles River both Saturday and Sunday allowed the race committee to run a total of 45 races, 15 per division. 

The Bears started strong and were battling in the top-3 early in the event but after a few higher finishes found themselves just behind the top teams who were sailing more consistently.  By mid-day on Saturday Coast Guard was in 7th with a big gap to sixth that they were unable to overcome for the rest of the event.

In his A-Division debut, freshman Avery Fanning with crew Jennifer Lane finished 11th with 135 points.  Bradley Milliken, Christina Frost, and Josh Moan were 7th in B-Division with 141 points.  And back from a bit of a hiatus Dylan Finneran with Jaimie Chicoine finished with 104 points in C-Division for 6th place.

The team combined for 380 points and 7th overall.  Boston College edged out a narrow victory with 354 points to Dartmouth's 263 in 2nd place.  Tufts rounded out the top-3 with 287 points.

At the Wellehan Trophy hosted by the University of New Hampshire, sailors were treated to a relatively steady but puffy Westerly in which all twelve races of the regatta were completed. 

Both divisions sailed very consistently for the Bears.  Bradley Brown, Kayla Ellis, and Jade Schroeder were 3rd in A-Division with 32 points while Andrew Britton and Taylor Peace were 5th in B-Division with 39.

Coast Guard finished 4th overall with 71 points.  Connecticut College was 1st, Bowdoin was 2nd and Wesleyan was 3rd.

"Although these results come at the conference level and not at majors we are confident that we can carry this momentum forward to the New England Championships next weekend," said head coach Brian Swingly.  "The team is very close to consistently cracking the top-8 within the conference which will obviously be the goal at the championships."

Next weekend the Bears will compete at the Erwin Schell Trophy for the New England Coed Fall Championship hosted by Brown University, the Victorian Coffee Urn for the New England Women's Fall Championship hosted by Connecticut College and at home at Jacobs Rock in the Nickerson Trophy for the New England Freshman Championship.  The top-7 from the Urn and top-8 from the Schell will advance to the Atlantic Coast Championship.

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