Nov. 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team placed third at the season-ending Women's Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Georgetown in FJs on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs, who have had an extremely successful Fall season, ended the season by defeating the one school that is ranked ahead of the team, No. 1 St. Mary's College of Maryland, which placed seventh. The Bulldogs finished with 157 points, only two points behind the second-place team from No. 6 College of Charleston.
Over the two days of racing, 12 races were completed in both A and B Divisions. On Saturday, there was moderate wind that included some strong puffs while Sunday started out windy, but died as the day went on. The Bulldogs were consistent in all conditions, especially considering the tough competition and shifty wind that made consistency tough.
The Women's Atlantic Coast Championship is one of the most competitive regattas of the Fall season. Of the top 15 teams in the nation, twelve of them competed at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship, with the Bulldogs defeating all the teams except No. 7 Georgetown, which won, and College of Charleston. The teams that competed at the regatta were the top qualifying schools that came through the qualifying procedures put in place by the New England, Mid Atlantic and South Atlantic districts of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association. These three districts are known as the strongest in college sailing.
The A division duo of senior Jane Macky and junior Marla Menninger led the way for the Bulldogs, winning A Division with 59 points. This is an improvement over last year, when they placed second. Macky and Menninger won three races and placed in the top five in eight of the 12 races.
In B Division, senior captain Kate Hagemann and crews junior Rebecca Jackson and sophomore Elizabeth Brim placed sixth with 96 points. The trio won two races and placed second in one race. The team was especially strong at the beginning of the regatta, winning the first race and placing second in the second race. Hagemann and Brim won B Division in 2007.
With the third-place finish at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships, the Bulldogs have closed the Fall 2008 season. The team is scheduled to begin practice and racing again in February, depending on weather conditions.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity