Bulldogs Win Sperry Women's Eastern Semifinal and Advance to National Championship

Nordstrom and Huebner in the lead at the Sperry Women's Eastern Semifinal. Photo courtesy of Colin Grey Voigt.
Nordstrom and Huebner in the lead at the Sperry Women's Eastern Semifinal. Photo courtesy of Colin Grey Voigt.

NORFOLK, VA. – The Bulldogs are off to a great start in Virginia, winning the Women's Eastern Semifinal by 19 points and securing a birth in the Sperry Women's National Championship that will begin tomorrow. The second day of racing at the Sperry Women's Eastern Semifinal began with breezy conditions from the south at 10-14 knots, allowing heavy-air crews to get in on the action. After the first set in B division, the wind dropped substantially for the next two races in A division and eventually swung to the right and died, ending the day in a light northwesterly. With puffing and shifty conditions persisting throughout the day, sophomore skipper Louisa Nordstrom credits much of the team's success to smooth transitions allowing superior boat speed in these conditions.

Due to the dying breeze towards the end of the day, only 4 races were able to be sailed in A division and 6 races were sailed in B division.

Sailing for the Bulldogs in A division was senior skipper Casey Klinger with crews senior KB Knapp and Claudia Loiacono. In B division, sophomore skipper Louisa Nordstrom sailed with crews senior Claire Huebner, sophomore Graceann Nicolosi, and first-year Cate Mollerus. Klingler placed a narrow 5 points out of 1st in A division and Nordstrom finished in a seven point lead in B division. This is Nordstrom's second consecutive year winning the college semifinals, a tremendous feat.

Racing will begin at 10:00am tomorrow and can be followed live at http://2018nationals.collegesailing.org/.

Scores can also be found at https://scores.collegesailing.org/.

Report filed by KB Knapp '18, Yale Sports Publicity