Norfolk, VA (May 25, 2018) – Today was the last day of racing for the Sperry Women's National Championship Finals hosted by Old Dominion University. The top eighteen women's collegiate teams in the nation raced for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy. After a hard fought battle, Coast Guard finished fifth overall with 278 points.
Racing began at 10 a.m. in sunny, hot and humid conditions. Temperatures stayed in the 80s. The winds were from the south oscillating on the course around 6-10 knots. There were a number of general recalls today with the sailors eager to start and shifting winds. Racing wrapped up around 2:30 pm.
The sailors completed six races today in both divisions in FJs and Z420s on windward leeward courses with four legs for a total of 18 races in each division for the event. The conditions made for close racing as the wind shifts were big and there were big gains to be made, but also big losses and the fleet would split and condense on the course.
Coast Guard started the day in seventh overall but within striking distance of a podium position. The Bears charged early, never finishing outside of the top-10 in the first eight races of the day. Their competition was also sailing well, however, making it difficult to gain points on the teams they were looking to pass.
Going into the final four races of the regatta, Coast Guard had managed to climb back to within seven points of third overall, just behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology and William Smith College who were tied. Despite two top-3 finishes in A-Division, the Bears were unable to make the pass but held onto their fifth place with plenty of points to spare.
Dana Rohde and Anna Morin were second in A-Division with 104 points. They won three of the eighteen races sailed and only finished outside of the top-10 twice. Madelynn Widmeier and Christina Nothacker finished ninth in B-Division with 174 points.
Boston College won the 2018 Sperry Women's National Championship with 246 points. College of Charleston also finished with 246 points but lost the tiebreaker and ended up second. William Smith College rounded out the top-3 with 258 points.
Women's Final Results (18 races):
1. Boston College, 246
2. College of Charleston, 246
3. William Smith College, 258
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 265
5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 278
6. Brown University, 300
7. Cornell College, 309
8. Yale University, 312
9. University of Rhode Island, 325
10. Dartmouth College, 352
11. Boston University, 354
12. George Washington University, 356
13. University of South Florida, 376
14. Connecticut College, 402
15. Harvard University, 424
16. Stanford University, 434
17. Georgetown University, 459
18. University of Pennsylvania, 460