Bears 4th at Mrs. Hurst Bowl
HANOVER, N.H.-(9/22/13)-The Coast Guard Academy sailing team sailed well in all three of their events this past weekend, posting top-4 results across New England.
The weekend was highlighted with a fourth place finish at the Women's Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth College. Sailed to honor of Mrs. Christina Hurst, the Mrs. Hurst Bowl is perennially one of the most prestigious and competitive women's events on the fall calendar. This year was no different with many of the top ranked teams in attendance, with the added bonus of having two fleets on the water for the first time in many years.
Saturday's racing featured a shifty 10-18 knot southerly that kept racing close and exciting. The breeze was a bit lighter to finish the event on Sunday.
The Bears got off to a strong start during the first couple of races and never looked back, fighting within the top-5 for the entire event. In A-Division, Devon Rohde, Nikolia Kruger, Lauren Cefali, and Justine Morrison finished 7th with 142 points and many top-5 finishes. In their interconference competition debut, Nikole Barnes and Savannah Kuntz finished 3rd in B-Division with 87 points, just two points out of 2nd. The freshman duo only had one race outside of the top-10.
The team combined for 229 points and 4th overall. Yale won the 2013 Mrs. Hurst Bowl with 125 points. Dartmouth was 2nd with 149 points and Brown was 3rd with 217.
At the Lake Champlain Open hosted by the University of Vermont, Coast Guard finished 3rd for the second year in a row. Strong winds cancelled racing after only two races on Saturday, which left the bulk of the competition to take place on Sunday in light northerly winds.
Bradley Milliken, Jaimie Chicoine, and Cyrus Unvala were 2nd in A-Division with 27 points, just one point away from a division victory. In B-Division, Christina Frost, Robert Turley, and Andrew Britton were 7th with 45 points. The Bears finished with a combined 72 points.
The Bears also had a 4th place showing at the Boston Harbor Invitational hosted by Boston College. In A-Division, Kayla Ellis and Morgan Rhodes finished 2nd with 44 points. Bradley Brown, Joshua Moan, Luis Marban Terrazas, and Ninive Pineda Carranza were 6th in B-Division with 67 points.
Next up for the Bears are five regattas across many disciplines during CGA's Parent's Weekend. Most importantly, Avery Fanning and Dylan Finneran will be traveling to Yale for the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship. The top four sailors from New Englands will advance to the National Championship.