June 12, 2009

Bulldog Sailors Pick Up National Team of the Year, All-American Honors

First Ever Team of the Year Honor NEW HAVEN, Conn. -

The Bulldog coed and women's sailing team wrapped up competition at the ICSA Coed and Women's National Championship in San Francisco, Calif., by earning multiple All-American honors. The combined coed and women's team also earned the Fowle Trophy, recognizing the collegiate team of the year as determined by overall success during the season through competition at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) six national championships.

Following the completion of the last of the three ICSA Spring National Championships, the annual All-American Banquet was held at St. Francis Yacht Club, the location of the Women's and Coed Dinghy National Championships. At the banquet, the recipients of All-American honors were announced, along with the winners of other ICSA Awards, including College Sailor of the Year and Team of the Year.

The largest honor of the year that is bestowed at the All-American Banquet is the Fowle Trophy, which is awarded to the top team in collegiate sailing. For the first time in history, the combination of the Bulldogs' coed and women's teams walked away with the award, recognizing the Yale sailors as the top collegiate sailing team in the nation. The Fowle Trophy is awarded based on the performance at the six national championships run by the ICSA each year, with three taking place during the Fall season and three taking place in the Spring season. In order to win the award, a team needs to compete strongly throughout the year as well as in a variety of types of boats and disciplines of sailing. The Bulldogs, who won based upon the points earned in the Championships, competed in five of the six championships this year, only missing out on qualifying for the ICSA Sloop Championships.

During the Fall season, senior Jane Macky (Auckland, New Zealand/Epsom Girls Grammar School) led the team to a third-place finish at the ICSA/LaserPerformance Women's Singlehanded National Championship while junior captain Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands/Antilles School) placed fifth at the ICSA/LaserPerformance Men's Singlehanded National Championship. The women's competition took place in the Olympic class Laser Radial while the men's competition took place in the Olympic class Laser, which Barrows competed in at the 2008 summer Olympics representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the recently completed Spring season, the team racked up even more points, starting off by winning the ICSA Women's National Championship, the second national title in women's double handed sailing for the Bulldogs. The coed team then added points towards winning the Fowle Trophy by placing fourth at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. The team cemented its Fowle Trophy title with a second-place finish at the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, the national championship that carries the most Fowle Trophy points. The Fowle Trophy, which has been awarded annually since 1972, honors Leonard M. Fowle, the late Graduate Secretary of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) and Executive Vice President of the ICSA who played a key role in the organization of collegiate sailing.

The Bulldogs were also on the receiving end of the very prestigious College Sailor of the Year awards. Macky was recognized as the Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year. Macky was a key component of the team's victory at the ICSA Women's National Championship, winning A division at the Championships for the second year in a row. She is the first Bulldog to receive the honor.

Barrows also received recognition as one of the three finalists for the College Sailor of the Year. The Everett B. Morris Trophy, which recognizes a distinguished yachting journalist and sailing organizer, was won by Georgetown sophomore Charlie Buckingham. The last time a Bulldog won the College Sailor of the Year honor was in 1978, when Stephen D. Benjamin '78, the current president of the Yale Sailing Associates, won the award. Barrows will have a shot at winning the award next year.

Recognition was also given out for winning the divisions at the various national championships. Macky along with crew junior captain Marla Menninger (Coast Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor High School) won the Madeleine Trophy for winning A division at the Women's National Championships. The award honors one of the initiators of the Women's National Championship. Barrows along with crews Macky, Menninger and sophomore Blair Belling (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor High School) won the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy for winning A division at the Coed Dinghy National Championship. The award honors a well-known yachtsman and benefactor of college sailing. This is the first time the Bulldogs have won the Morss Trophy since 1950. The women's sailing team was also awarded the Gerald C. Miller Trophy for winning the ICSA Women's National Championship earlier in the national championships.

Recognition was also given to the student-athletes that were selected as All-Americans by the ICSA. Five separate categories of All-American sailors are recognized by the ICSA: All-American Skippers in coed and women's competition as well as Honorable Mention selections in those two categories as well as All-American Crews in either coed or women's competition. This year, the Bulldogs received six All-American selections, the same number as last year. The Bulldogs have only received more selections once, in 2005, when eight Bulldogs were selected as All-Americans. In selecting All-Americans, the All-American committee, made up of coaches from around the nation, considers the competitor's record, the quality of the competition in which the record was achieved, the competitor's results sailing with different partners, whether the competitive record spans both the Fall and Spring seasons and how the competitor's record compares to past All-American selections. Additionally, crews are evaluated on their leadership, body mechanics and boat handling skills and their ability to improve the results of the skippers that they sail with.

Recognized as All-American skippers in coed competition were Barrows and freshman Joseph Morris (Annapolis, Md./Severn School). This is the third consecutive year that Barrows has been selected as an All-American and he is on track to being the first Bulldog to receive All-American recognition as a skipper in coed competition for four straight years.

Two Bulldogs were also selected as All-American crews. Menninger was selected as an All-American for the second consecutive year. She spent most of her time sailing in women's competition this year with Macky, but also competed in both the ICSA/APS Team Race and ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships. Senior Grace Becton (Deer Isle, Maine/Deer Isle-Stonington High School) was also selected as an All-American for the second time. Becton, who sailed with Morris most of the season but also sailed two races at the ICSA Women's National Championships, was also selected as an All-American Crew in 2007.

The two Bulldogs who were named All-American Skippers in women's competition were again recognized at the All-American Banquet. Macky and senior Kate Hagemann (Marion, Mass., Naples, Fla./Naples High School) were recognized as All-American Skippers in women's competition for the second consecutive year. A member of the women's sailing team has now been named either an All-American or Honorable Mention All-American Skipper in women's competition every year since the 2002-03 season.

Earlier in the season, two Bulldogs also received Academic All-American honors for the 2007-08 sailing season. Nationally, 20 student athletes were selected to the 2008 ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team, with 10 students making both the First and Second Teams. To be honored, the student-athletes had to maintain at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA, be a key starter or reserve member of their sailing team and have reached at least junior standing. Both Abigail Coplin '08, a Chemistry and East Asian Studies major and senior Adriane Levin, a pre-med Psychology major, were named to the 2008 ICSA All-Academic Second Team. Coplin as also a two-time All-American crew.

The Bulldogs will open competition in the 2009-10 season at home by hosting the Harry Anderson Intersectional on Sept. 12-13. The Bulldogs are set for a strong season, returning all three skippers that competed for the coed team at the ICSA National Championships.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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