April 21, 2014

No. 11 Bears 5th at Women's New England Championship / Morrison and Barnes Earn Post Season Awards

NEW LONDON, Conn.—(4/20/14)—The 11th ranked women's sailing team finished 5th at the Reed Trophy for the Women's New England Championship and qualified for the College Sailing Women's National Championship.  At the NEISA Awards presentation after racing, Nikole Barnes and Justine Morrison were named to the All-NEISA Second Team.

Competitors were treated to nearly ideal conditions on the Thames River for the 2014 edition of the Reed Trophy.  Ten races per division were completed on Saturday in a north-northwesterly breeze that ranged from 5-15 knots.  On Sunday only a brief delay was necessary before a beautiful southeasterly filled that allowed the race committee to finish the last seven races in each division.

Coast Guard used their home court advantage to sail very consistently all weekend, sitting comfortably in the top-6 for the majority of the event.  A late afternoon charge on Sunday allowed the Bears to pass Brown University by just a slim margin to finish 5th overall.

Nikole Barnes and Justine Morrison finished 6th in a very talented A-Division with 127 points.  Both were named to the All-NEISA Second Team for their entire season's results.  The duo had a very impressive season, most notably winning B-Division at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship.

In B-Division, Kayla Ellis, Christina Frost, and Jennifer Lane finished 4th with 100 points.  The Bears only finished outside of the top-10 in two of the seventeen races.  Their consistency in a tough division allowed Coast Guard to be in a position to push for the top-5 towards the end of the regatta.

Yale University won the 2014 Reed Trophy with 155 points.  Boston College was 2nd with 173 and Dartmouth College rounded out the top-3 with 202 points.  Along with these three schools and Coast Guard, University of Rhode Island, Bowdoin College, and MIT will advance to the first round of the National Championship which will be held at the US Naval Academy beginning on May 27.

Next weekend the coed team will compete for the Coed New England Championship at Yale.  The Bears will be looking to earn one of nine berths to the Coed National Championship.  

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