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No. 1 Bulldogs Finish Second at National Championship

Fauer and Belling completing a tack at the 2014 Women's National Championship (photo credit: Brian Schneider)
Fauer and Belling completing a tack at the 2014 Women's National Championship (photo credit: Brian Schneider)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Racing concluded Friday at the Sperry Top-Sider College Sailing Women's National Championship and the No. 1 Bulldogs finished in second place, taking home the New England Women's Trophy.

Representing the Bulldogs in A division were junior skipper Morgan Kiss and junior captain Katherine Gaumond. They finished in second place in their division.

In B division, senior skipper Marlena Fauer sailed with sophomore crew Charlotte Belling for the seven races that took place Friday. Together, with the help of senior crew Eugenia Custo Greig who sailed with Fauer in races one through four on Thursday, they finished in first place in their division and will get to take home the Judy Lawson Trophy.

The event proved to be especially challenging, with light and variable winds for the entirety of the event and extremely close racing with the No. 2 Dartmouth Big Green. Commenting on Friday's racing, assistant coach Bill Healy says, "It was so light and choppy. Starting and being able to hold clear lanes were key."

The Bulldogs pushed hard until the very end, coming five points short of their goal.

Though this will be the last women's event for Fauer, Custo Greig and senior Amanda Salvesen, they will all be traveling with the coed sailing team tomorrow for the Team and Fleet Race National Championships.

Fauer was pleased that she was able to win her division at the last women's event of her Yale career, but the win did not come without challenges. "It was really tough today," says Fauer.

Her strategy today was to "get off the line well enough to be in control of [her] own race so that [she] was guaranteed a top spot at the top of the beat." "Belling and I," she continues, "had great starts all day and used our boat speed to our advantage."

While this is a bittersweet ending for the seniors, the younger Bulldogs are ready to come back next year with a fresh mindset and another chance at taking home the Gerald C. Miller Trophy.

Report filed by Natalya Doris '17, Yale Sports Publicity