No. 3 Bulldogs Face Top Competition at Navy Spring Women’s Intersectional

After A Week of Training, Bulldogs Head North to Annapolis

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The No. 3 Bulldogs will head north from spring break training in Charleston, S.C., to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Spring Women’s Intersectional Mar. 13 and 14. It is the second intersectional of the spring season and the Bulldogs hope to build on their sixth-place finish at the Charleston Women’s Intersectional last weekend.

Last year, the Bulldogs had the same ranking and finished second at the weather-shortened regatta. With only wind to sail on Saturday, Jane Macky ’09 and senior Marla Menninger finished fourth in A division and Kate Hagemann ’09 and junior Elizabeth Brim finished seventh in B division. With only seven races the racing was extremely close.

The Bulldogs will face tough competition from No. 1 Boston College, No. 2 Charleston, No. 4 Brown, No. 5 Old Dominion, No. 6 Georgetown, No. 7 Eckerd, No. 8 St. Mary’s, No. 9 Hobart William Smith, No. 12 Harvard, No. 13 South Florida, No. 14 Rhode Island and No. 15 Connecticut College as well as other teams who earned votes in the national rankings. This will provide the Bulldogs with a mini-nationals feel, with only No. 10 Tufts and No. 11 Dartmouth not competing out of the top 15 teams in the country.

The wind predictions for this weekend look to provide exciting sailing. On Saturday, gusts up to 35 knots are predicted. Sunday is supposed to be calmer with breeze only around eight knots. The weather also calls for rain and temperatures a little below 60°, slightly different than the mid-60s and sun that the Bulldogs have had this week in Charleston.

This past week, the Bulldogs were able to get some solid training in with lots of time on the water working on boat handling as well as racing. With time spent battling the teams from Georgetown and College of Charleston, two of the top ranked teams in the county, the Bulldogs are ready for the weekend.

The Bulldogs, with sunburned noses and sunglass tans from the week in the southern sun, will take to the water at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Report filed by Margot Benedict ’12, Yale Sports Publicity