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No. 1 Bulldogs Win Western Semifinals and Secure Spot in National Championship

Kiss and Salvesen (photo credit: Rich Knoles)
Kiss and Salvesen (photo credit: Rich Knoles)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 1 Bulldogs ended the Western semifinals with a 23-point lead, qualifying themselves to compete in the Sperry Top-Sider College Sailing National Championship on Thursday and Friday.

Five races were completed today in winds of 3-8 knots. The breeze started out coming from the West, shifting to the Northwest after the first four races and then rotating to the East by the end of the day.

Representing the Bulldogs today in A division were junior skipper Morgan Kiss, senior crew Amanda Salvesen and sophomore crew Charlotte Belling. Together, they finished second place in their division, only eight points behind the leader.

In B division, senior skipper Marlena Fauer, senior crew Eugenia Custo Greig and junior captain Katherine Gaumond maintained their lead, winning their division by a large margin of 22 points.

Fauer attributes her success to "taking it one race at a time and staying really calm and composed." Today, she reports, her strategy in the light wind was to "get good starts every race in order to get to the next pressure first."

Thursday officially marks the start to the National Championship, where the top 18 teams will begin racing with a clean slate - no scores from the semifinals will be carried over.

The Bulldogs, according to Fauer, are "feeling really good" and are ready to use what they learned about the venue and the boats to achieve success in the finals.

The final round begins Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Results can be found at

Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity