Bears Third at Coed New England Championship, Advance to National Championship

Bears Third at Coed New England Championship, Advance to National Championship

Hanover, N.H.—The coed sailing team finished third at the Coed New England Championship for the Coast Guard Alumni Bowl and advanced to the Coed National Championship Semi-Finals in San Diego, CA on May 30. This will be the Bear's third appearance in as many years at the season's culminating event.

After two and a half days of waiting for wind, regatta host Dartmouth College was finally able to get racing underway on Sunday afternoon in a very light southeasterly. Four races per division were run during the course of a two-hour period, an uncharacteristically short event for a championship.

Coast Guard got out to an early lead after the first set of two races per division, posting 14 total points and winning both races in B-Division. In races 3A and 3B they remained in the top spot with several teams only points behind. In the final two races, the Roger Williams University Hawks and Boston University Terriers were able to grab just enough points back to slip ahead of the Bears, who finished on the podium for the second year in a row.

"Our goal was to qualify for the post season and we did that," explained head coach Brian Swingly. "Although having only four races per division is a small sample size, we'll take some things away that will help us at Nationals."

Avery Fanning, Robert Turley, and Hannah Herring finished fifth in A-Division with 23 points. Nikole Barnes and Anna Morin finished fourth in B-Division with 22 points.

Having wrapped up the regular season, the Bears will turn their attention to the post-season. They will spend the rest of May training before departing for San Diego.

Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.