Bulldogs Head to Coast Guard for Wick Shrew
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The No. 7 Bulldogs will switch from the Charles to the Thames River this weekend at the Wick and Shrew Trophies hosted by Coast Guard Apr. 17 and 18. This is the final regatta before Nationals qualifying begins.
Last year, the Bulldogs won the regatta, bumping their national ranking from second to first. Jane Macky '09 and senior Marla Menninger finished second in A division while a combination of Kate Hagemann '09, junior Elizabeth Brim and senior Rebecca Jackson finished second in B division. They won the regatta by 17 points.
For only the second time this spring the Bulldogs will have their A-team of senior Sarah Lihan and Brim. Lihan and Brim have been busy sailing co-ed team racing regattas, forcing the freshmen and sophomores on the team to step up and fill in the gaps in the lineup. However, with the co-ed team competing at the fleet racing New England championships, Lihan and Brim will have the opportunity to sail at the women's event along with freshmen Claire Dennis and Heather May. This will be a great fleet racing tune up for the Women's New England Championships next weekend.
The regatta will feature all nine of the top-ranked teams in the country. It will be the Bulldogs' last look at out of conference teams such as No. 2 Charleston, No. 3 St. Mary's and No. 5 Old Dominion before Nationals at the end of May.
Racing at Coast Guard will take place in FJs. The Bulldogs have had a lot of practice at recent regattas in the boat and rigged the FJs at the McNay Family Sailing Center so they can get a few days of practice in the boat.
Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity