Nationals Blog - Women's Finals Day Two

Nationals Blog - Women's Finals Day Two

The intercollegiate sailing team has once again qualified for both the Sperry Women's National Championship and the Gill Coed National Championship. Sophomore Madelynn Widmeier will be giving an inside look on the team's trip to Charleston, SC during the championships. 

Thursday, May 25

The Bears started the day with a very optimistic attitude ready to bring the national championship home. The wind was 5-8 knots out of the west with an outgoing tide. As the wind pulsed in, the name of the game was pressure. It was vital to keep your head on a spin to find the next puff and connect it upwind

With trying conditions, the Bears felt a little down going into the lunch break in 6th place. After 90 minutes on land, we were able to refocus and set a new goal of a 3rd place finish in the regatta. Going into the last B division race of the regatta, we were 5 points out of 3rd.

Dana Rohde and Maddie Ekin did not know that they had to beat the University of Rhode Island by 5 boats, but were winning the last race with URI in 7th. Since the sea breeze filled during that race, the course was skewed and the race committee abandoned the race. The entire team was on the docks biting their nails watching Dana and Maddie finish 7 boats in front of URI.

We were excited to finish the regatta on a high note, but definitely are a little bummed we could not bring back the national title. Yale University and Boston College sailed a great regatta and were fierce competitors. Going forward the Bears are going to reflect on the lessons we learned for the upcoming coed championship next Tuesday through Friday. Thanks to everyone who helped us get here and compete on a national level. As always, GO BEARS!

- Maddie Widmeier, Pipersville, PA