ST. PETERBURG, Fla. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team ended its fall season this weekend, placing fourth at the ICSA Match Racing National Championship, held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Sonars.
Senior captain Chris Segerblom was driving the Yale boat, with crew senior Max Nickbarg, junior Graham Landy and sophomore Marly Isler. The team had suffered from limited practice days, but that seemed to have no effect, as the Bulldogs ended the initial round robin seeded first, with eight wins. The team only lost one race to Georgetown.
Moving into the gold round robin, Yale found similar success, winning four of the five races. The team took one loss to College of Charleston. Yale moved into the quarterfinals as the number one seed again.
In a best-of-three format, Yale won the first two races again Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, so the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals with College of Charleston, Georgetown and St. Mary's.
Yale was pitted against College of Charleston in another best-of-three format. The first team to win two races would advance to the finals. Yale took the lead by winning the first race, however the Cougars staged a comeback by winning the next two races and therefore the semifinal match-up.
The Bulldogs went on to lose to St. Mary's in the petit-final, giving the team a fourth-place finish overall. While not the finish Yale was hoping for, it should be noted that this weekend finished off the overall highly successful collegiate match racing careers of seniors Nickbarg and Segerblom.
The team will now take the rest of the winter off from sailing, focusing on physical fitness in the gym, before returning to the water again in March for an exciting spring season.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity