Rohde and Ekin Earn NEISA's Top Honors

Rohde and Ekin Earn NEISA's Top Honors

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Dana Rohde has been named the NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year and sophomore Maddie Ekin has been named the NEISA Women's Crew of the Year. These prestigious awards, given annually at the conclusion of racing at the NEISA Women's Championship, are well deserved after a highly successful 2017-2018 women's campaign.

Rohde and Ekin have been dominant on the women's circuit this season. They have competed together at eight interconference or championship events this season, finishing within the top-5 in A-Division at each of them. Their regular season was highlighted by A-Division wins at the Yale Women's Interconference, the NEISA Fall Women's Championship for the Victorian Coffee Urn, the Navy Spring Women's Interconference, and the St. Mary's Women's Interconference.

Lead by Ekin and Rohde who won A-Division, the women's team finished third at the 2017 Women's Atlantic Coast Championship. The women's team most recently finished third at the New England Women's Championship for the Reed Trophy, where Ekin and Rohde finished third in A-Division.

Rohde also had a stellar singlehanded season. She won the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship which advanced her to the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship in St. Petersburg, FL. Rohde went on to finish second at the National Championship, losing a tie breaker for the overall title.

On top of being awarded the sailor and crew of the year, Rohde was named an All-NEISA Women's First Team Skipper and Ekin was named an All-NEISA Women's First Team Crew.

The women's team is now preparing for their sixth consecutive trip to the ICSA Sperry Women's National Championship, where they will continue to be among the favorites. As the top boat coming out of NEISA – the most competitive women's conference in the country – Rohde and Ekin will lead the Bears into the post season.

2018 Women's All NEISA Team

Second Team All NEISA Crews
Kirstin Anderson '18 Harvard University
Meredith Harrington '18 Boston University
Caroline Salas '18 Boston University
Lilla Salvesen '18 University of Vermont
Peninah Benjamin '20 Dartmouth College

First Team All NEISA Crews
Maddie Ekin '20 US Coast Guard Academy
Sophia Diserio '18 Dartmouth College
Claire Huebner '18 Yale University
Annabelle Hutchinson '21 Brown University
Abigayle Konys '19 Brown University
Claudia Loiacono '21 Yale University
Lily McGrath '18 Boston College
Catherine Mollerus '21 Yale University
Emma Perry '19 Boston College

Second Team All NEISA Skippers
Maia Agerup '20 Boston University
Audrey Giblin '20 Dartmouth College
Sarah Hermus '18 University of Rhode Island
Christine Klingler '20 Yale University
Taylor Ladd '18 Harvard University
Charlotte List '18 Connecticut College
Hannah Steadman '20 Brown University
Emma White '19 Dartmouth College

First Team All NEISA Skippers
Ragna Agerup '20 Brown University
Lindsey Baab '18 Brown University
Casey Klingler '18 Yale University
Isabella Loosbrock '19 Boston College
Louisa Nordstrom '20 Yale University
Sophia Reineke '21 Boston College
Dana Rohde '18 US Coast Guard Academy

Rookie of the Year
Sophia Reineke '21 Boston College

Sportsmanship Trophy
Claire Huebner '18 Yale University

Women's Crew of the Year
Maddie Ekin '20 US Coast Guard Academy

Women's Sailor of the Year
Sophia Reineke '21 Boston College ***Finalist
Dana Rohde '18 US Coast Guard Academy ***Finalist
Dana Rohde '18 US Coast Guard Academy ***Winner

Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.