March 20, 2011

No. 4 Bulldogs Take the Win at St. Mary’s

Good Way to End a Good Break

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 4 Yale women's sailing team will be returning to New Haven after ending its two week spring break on a high note.  The team took the overall win at the St. Mary's Intersectional by four points over the No. 2 Boston College Eagles.  18 teams were represented at the event and 14 races were completed in both A and B division. 

The freshman pair of skipper Marlena Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig finished fifth in A division for the Bulldogs, just three points out of third.  Fauer and Custo Greig posted some rather consistent scores considering the difficult conditions that the St Mary's River tends to provide.  They finished seven out of the 14 races in the top-five and never finished outside of the top-10.

Racing in B division for the Bulldogs were sophomore skipper Emily Billing and freshman crew Anna Han.  Despite not normally sailing together, they gave a strong third-place performance in their division.  Billing typically races with junior crew and women's captain Margot Benedict, but Benedict was given the weekend off to rest a sore knee.  Fortunately Anna Han lives near to where the event was being held and she was able to come to the rescue on last-minute notice.

This win should give the Bulldogs increased confidence in the effectiveness of hard work.  Those weeks of spring break training were not for nothing.  And now that break is over, the team heads back to campus in time for classes to recommence on Monday.  Besides schoolwork, the Bulldogs will also be welcomed back to New Haven by snowless grounds.  Temperatures are not quite what they were down south, but no more ice means that regular practice should be able to recommence this week as well. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity