September 20, 2010

No. 6 Bulldogs Second Again

Bulldogs Continue to Prove Their Strength at Dartmouth

ENFIELD, N.H.—The Bulldogs may be ranked sixth in the nation by the coaches but for the second weekend in a row the Bulldogs finished second at a top-tier event, this time at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. The event hosted by Dartmouth on Lake Mascoma provided further evidence that despite their youth, the Bulldogs are one of the teams to beat this season.

Lake Mascoma, which is a large ice fishing attraction in the winter due to its solid cover as well as a site for NASA to test a robotic rover to be used in Antarctica, was as finicky as lakes often are. While the Long Island Sound is an excellent practice venue for the Bulldogs, they don't have as much experience on lakes as other teams do, thus making the adjustment period a bit longer.

The sailors were expecting a southerly on Saturday but instead A division sailed in a surprising northerly for their first set. Following a slight delay while the wind shifted to the prediction, B division was able to take to the water for their first set. A division completed eight races throughout the day while B division completed six, far fewer than the Bulldogs sailed on the first day of the Toni Deutsch trophy last weekend. While the Bulldogs raced well, they had a bit of a difficult time reading the lake.

Sophomore Heather May said, "The puffs and velocity differences were harder to see on the water and it was harder to figure out definite clues that you could use each race to get a step ahead of the fleet."

Sunday dawned glassy, exactly as it did at the event last year. While the sailors waited, they finished all of the delectable baked goods that Mrs. Hurst had sent down for the event. Even when all of the crumbs were gone, the wind still had not filled. Finally, the wind came in, a great relief for the Bulldogs who were in third, only one point out of the tie for first. B division was only able to complete one set but it allowed the Bulldogs to move up to second.

The sophomore duo of Claire Dennis and May finished fifth in a very tight A division. They finished in the top ten in four of the eight races. They only finished five points out of fourth place.

May reported that "The top sailors in the fleet all seemed to have many good races, but definitely a few deep ones too, which meant that every boat you could pick off before the finish counted."

In their first collegiate regatta, the freshman duo of Marlena Fauer and Eugenia Custo Greig finished a very impressive second in B division, only two points out of first. They finished in the top five in four of eight races and did not have to wait long for their first bullet, taking the win in race number six.

No.  10 Connecticut College won the regatta proving that they too deserve a better ranking. No. 1 Boston College finished third while No. 2 Brown and No. 8 Harvard rounded out the top-five. The Bulldogs were extremely pleased with their excellent finish against top competition.

May said, "As a team we all are really happy with our result. Claire [Dennis] and I hope to finish consistently again in the future, and are also extremely excited to see that Marlena [Fauer] and Eugenia [Costa Grieg] finished so well in their first collegiate regatta!"

Tune in next week as the Bulldogs return to Beantown for the Regis Bowl hosted by Boston University. Perhaps, third time is the charm for the Bulldogs to claim their first victory of the season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity