Four Bulldogs Bring Home New England Awards

NEWPORT, R.I.—Following this weekend's New England Team Race Championship, the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association named the All New England team as well as other awards. Four of the No. 4 Bulldogs were named to the First All New England Team and also took home other awards.

Junior women's captain Blair Belling and senior Marla Menninger were named to the First Crew Team. It is Belling's first All New England Team while Menninger has been All New England the past two years as a women's crew.

Senior Thomas Barrows and sophomore co-ed captain Joseph Morris were named to the First Skipper Team. This is Barrows' fourth time being named to the team and Morris' second time. Morris was the only sophomore named to the First Team full of juniors and seniors.

Barrows also received two other noteworthy awards.  He was named Sailor of the Year, a prestigious award that caps off an impressive college sailing career filled with New England honors, All American honors, and a National Singlehanded Championship. Barrows also won the senior award, which is voted on by seniors. This award “recognizes that senior who best exemplifies sailing achievement and sportsmanship.” This award suggests that Barrows' talent is admired by coaches and peers alike.

The Bulldogs will add these awards to the long list of accomplishments this season including winning the Western Semifinal and qualifying for Team Race Nationals this past weekend. However, the biggest challenge of all is 18 days and 847 miles away. Team Race Nationals are May 29-31 followed by the Coed Dinghy Nationals June 1-3. Both are hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. on Lake Mendota.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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