March 8, 2009
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team showed that they are ready to take on the nation's top competition with a fourth-place finish at the season-opening Charleston Women's Intersectional hosted by No. 1 College of Charleston on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who also placed fourth at the event in 2008, have not been able to practice due to inclement weather while many of the other teams have been practicing on the water for more than one month.
The regatta took place in Charleston Harbor in the College of Charleston's fleet of 420s. Both days of competition started with light wind that built to a moderate 12-15 knot breeze. As is typical with the Charleston venue, current played a large role, depending on the time of the day. As well, the wind was shifty, making allowing the sailors to make large gains if they correctly played the shifts.The regatta was slightly larger than the 13 teams that competed last year, with 14 teams competing in 13 races in each division over the two days. The hosts ran away with the regatta by scoring 63 points while No. 3 Georgetown was second with 122 points. The Bulldogs scored 139 points.
In A division, senior Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim sailed to a fourth-place finish with 64 points. The duo had incredible consistency, which is key for winning competitive regattas. Hagemann and Brim won one race and finished in the top five in 10 of the 13 races. In only one set did the team finish outside the top half of competitors. This is an improvement over last year, when Hagemann and Brim were fifth in A division.
The B division pair of junior skipper Sarah Lihan and sophomore crew Tatyana Camejo placed fourth with 75 points. They finished the regatta on a high note, winning the final race of the regatta. They also had two second-place finishes and finished in the top five six times.
The Bulldogs are next in action at the Navy Women's Spring Intersectional that will take place Mar. 14-15 at the Navy.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity