No. 1 Bulldogs Showcase Freshman Talent
HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 1 Yale coed sailing team competed in three regattas this weekend, giving many underclassmen Bulldogs the opportunity to sail. Yale finished fourth at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth, ninth at the Great Herring Pond Open at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and sixth at the one-day Firefly/FJ Invite at MIT.
Freshman skippers Ian Barrows and Mitchell Kiss teamed up again to compete in the Captain Hurst Bowl this weekend. Barrows, with crews sophomore Charlotte Belling and freshman Meredith Megarry placed third in a competitive A division. Kiss and crews junior Sarah Smith and freshman Isabelle Rossi de Leon struggled with consistency on the difficult lake conditions, finishing 11th in B division. This combined effort led the Bulldogs to a fourth place finish at a regatta where many other schools sent top-level, upperclassman teams.
Belling noted that while the new fleet of Z420s was interesting to sail, the full effect of the redesign was hard to feel because of light breeze throughout the weekend. A major difference is the Z420's improved planning ability.
The Great Herring Pond Open also suffered from a lack of breeze, but eight races were completed during the weekend. Both A division and B division teams placed ninth in their respective divisions, leading to a ninth place finish overall. Highlights include A division's sophomore Marly Isler with freshman crew Clara Robertson finishing in the top-five three times and B division's senior Will Feldman with sophomore crew Sanam Rastegar's second-place finish in the second race of the weekend.
Saturday, a third Yale team competed at MIT. At the one-day event, sophomore team, skipper Eric Anderson and crew Megan Valentine, showed remarkable consistency, placing third in A division. The duo finished outside the top-ten only once. B division's sophomore skipper Henry Lewis and freshman crew Amelia Dobronyi placed tenth. These results totaled to a sixth place finish for the Bulldogs.
The team will practice hard during the upcoming fall break and then travel to Brown for the Hoyt Intersectional next weekend.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond, Yale Sports Publicity