CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The third ranked women's sailing team won the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, hosted by Harvard University, for the second year in a row. The team remains unbeaten in interconference competition.
Saturday proved to be a long day of waiting for the seventeen teams who made the trip to Boston. Very light wind that eventually died to nothing kept competitors on shore with zero races completed.
Sunday, however, made up for it. A beautiful southwesterly provided near ideal conditions on the Charles River, allowing the race committee to run ten races in each division.
The Bears started the event a bit off of their normal pace and found themselves in the middle of a very tight leaderboard. They quickly used their experience from past events to make small tweaks to their game plan to slowly climb back into pole position.
With one set (four races) remaining, Coast Guard had positioned themselves on top, but with only a ten point lead over the second place team and several other teams just behind them. The Bears closed strong, with only eight points in those four races to finish the event with a commanding lead.
"Our goals this weekend were to continue to focus on our process and to gain knowledge about the venue since our conference championship will be there next week," said head coach Brian Swingly. "We accomplished all of that and then some, which was demonstrated in their performance in the last set."
Nikole Barnes and Anna Morin won A-Division with 49 points. Dana Rohde and Hannah Herring finished second in B-Division with 60 points. The team combined for 109 points, 31 better than second place Tufts University's 140 points. The University of Rhode Island finished third with 143 points.
Next weekend both the women's and coed team will head back to the Charles River for the Urn and Schell Trophies for the New England Fall Championships. The Bears will be battling for berths to the Atlantic Coast Championship in both events.
Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.