May 28, 2014

Bears Advance to College Sailing Women's National Championship Finals

Annapolis, Md. (May 28, 2014) – Racing continued today on the Severn River at the U.S. Naval Academy in the second day of the Sperry Top-Sider Women's Semi-Finals. Twenty-eight collegiate sailing teams from across the nation qualified to compete in these semi-finals to determine the top 18 teams who will advance to the finals, which begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The 28 teams are divided into two fleets of 14 teams, Western and Eastern Semi-Final groups, the top nine from each fleet will make up the 18 teams who compete in the final.

Today the fleets swapped the type of boats that they were sailing from yesterday, so the Western fleet sailed in Z420s and the Eastern fleet sailed in FJs. The courses were again windward leeward with four legs.

The conditions in the morning were light winds around six miles per hour from a north northwesterly direction and temperatures in the high 70s with pretty high humidity. As the day progressed there was some cloud cover and a brief light rain. The temperature hovered around 80 degrees. The wind continued to come from a northwesterly direction averaging about five miles per hour, until the end of the day when the wind got very light and variable and shifted to a southeasterly direction.

The deadline for racing today was 5 p.m. and the light winds at the end of the day made it difficult to squeeze in the racing before the deadline. The Western Semi-Final completed five races today in both A and B-divisions for a total of 11 races for the event. The Eastern Semi-Final had two more races to sail in B-division this morning, so they completed six races today and four races in A-division for a total of 10 races for the event.

Coast Guard sailed an incredibly consistent event, almost always finishing in the top-5 in both divisions and finishing outside the top-10 only once in 22 races.  In A-Division, Nikole Barnes, Justine Morrison, Devon Rohde, and Jennifer Lane finished 3rd with 50 points.  Kayla Ellis, Christina Frost, and Jaimie Chicoine finished 3rd in B-Division with 52 points.  The team combined for 102 points and 3rd overall.

The scoreboard is wiped clean for the finals tomorrow, so teams will start fresh in the new event. The Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship finals racing will begin tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. The top 18 teams will be competing for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy over the next two days.

Final Nine Teams Eastern Semi-Final:
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 90*
2. University of Rhode Island, 90*
3. Boston College, 106*
4. Old Dominion University, 106*
5. Stanford University, 108
6. Brown University, 121
7. Georgetown University, 125
8. Eckerd College, 128
9. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 137
*Head-to-head tiebreaker

Final Nine Teams Western Semi-Final:
1. Yale University, 69
2. Dartmouth College, 92
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 102
4. College of Charleston, 110
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 132
6. University of Hawaii, 152
7. Bowdoin College, 159
8. University of South Florida, 163
9. University of Wisconsin, 167
 
Video footage, sponsored by LaserPerformance, will be available during the Women's finals with highlights and updates. Click on "Live Coverage" on the event website for these up-to-date racing details. Social media coverage will still be provided on collegesailing.org.

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