Bulldogs Ranked Fifth in Pre-season Poll

Joseph Morris and Heather May (Photo by Rob Migliaccio).
Joseph Morris and Heather May (Photo by Rob Migliaccio).

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale coed sailing team will start out the fall season ranked number five in the country. Despite receiving the second most first place votes, the Bulldogs are ranked behind No. 1 Boston College, No. 2 Georgetown, No. 3 Roger Williams and No. 4 Charleston.

The 2011-2012 season is largely up for grabs as many of the top teams in the country will look to fill holes left by the graduation of the Class of 2011. Boston College, St. Mary's, Harvard and Navy all lost both their A division and B division skippers to graduation. Georgetown, Hobart William Smith, Roger Williams, the College of Charleston and Brown all graduated their A division skippers.

While the Bulldogs graduated two of their best crews, Blair Belling '11 and Elizabeth Brim '11, the core group of skippers, senior captain Joseph Morris, junior Cameron Cullman and sophomore Chris Segerblom, will return to New Haven eager to improve on last years eighth place finish at the ICSA National Dinghy Championships and seventh place finish at the ICSA Team Race Nationals. 

The Bulldogs will kick off the season by hosting the 39th Harry Anderson Trophy at the McNay Family Sailing Center in Branford on Sept. 10 and 11.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity