April 20, 2014

No. 2 Bulldogs Wrap Up Regular Season with a Third

BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 2 Yale coed sailing team finished its regular season this weekend, placing third at the Boston Dinghy Cup hosted by MIT and seventh at the Greater New York Open at Fordham.

 

The scores remained close until the end at the Boston Dinghy Cup, with the Bulldogs finishing only nine points behind first-place Stanford, and only one point behind second-place Tufts. The Bulldog's depth is what allowed the team to succeed overall, with each boat taking top-four in its division.

 

Senior skipper Chris Segerblom and sophomore crew Charlotte Belling placed fourth in a competitive A division. The duo struggled with consistency at the beginning of the regatta, but persevered in the trying conditions of the Charles River to improve, never finishing outside the top-ten in the last four races.

 

Freshman team of skipper Ian Barrows and crew Meredith Megarry won B division. The young team won six of their fourteen races in B division, and placed outside the top-ten only twice.

 

In C division, senior Max Nickbarg with crews junior Sarah Smith and freshman Natalya Doris placed second. The most consistent of any of the Bulldogs this weekend, these sailors won only one race this weekend, but finished outside the top-five only three times. Nickbarg said he was focused on "Just trying to make high percentage plays around the entire race course, consolidating any gains early on in the race."

 

At the Greater New York Open, more underclassman Bulldogs were able to race, finishing in seventh. The race committee struggled with numerous wind delays, only allowing for six races to be completed in each division. With 81 points, Yale was only 10 points out of the top-five.

 

Freshman skipper Mitchell Kiss with crews sophomore Emily Johnson and freshman Chandler Gregoire placed fourth in A division, winning a tie breaker against Dartmouth thanks to their win in race five. Sophomores skipper Eric Anderson and crew Sanam Rastegar placed eighth in B division.

 

After a successful spring season, Bulldogs will now sail the New England Dinghy Championship at home next weekend, hoping to qualify for a spot in the ICSA National Semifinals in June.

 

Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity