No. 3 Bulldogs Take Second on the Thames

Another Strong Finish for the Bulldogs at the Stu Nelson 

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The No. 3 Bulldogs once again nabbed a top-finish, coming in second at the Stu Nelson Trophy on the Thames River hosted by Connecticut College. The Bulldogs finished a mere three points behind the winning home team, an impressive feat on the fluky river.

Saturday the Thames presented a breeze ranging from five to 10 knots that died as the afternoon proceeded. Sunday the sailors were kept on shore until 12:00 pm when the breeze finally filled to three to seven knots. The current was particularly strong on Sunday. Occasionally, particularly after rounding marks, the sailors felt as though they were going backwards. At its lightest points, the breeze could barely make up for the strength of the current. 

Moving up from her usual position in B division, freshman Marlena Fauer skippered the A division boat to a second place finish, two points behind the Boston University boat. Elizabeth Brim returned to the women's sailing circuit after a fall on the coed circuit to crew for Fauer due to a last minute injury. They finished in the top five in three of the eight races including a win in race number six. 

Sophomores Emily Billing and Senem Cilingiroglu finished third in B division. They finished in the top five three out of the eight races and were out of the top ten in only one race. They were able to remain incredibly consistent despite the Thames River's antics. 

Billing said, "The conditions were tough and it was all about getting your head in the game and staying positive after races that did not go as well as planned." 

The University of Vermont finished third at the regatta with Dartmouth finishing fourth. No. 15 Coast Guard used their knowledge of the Thames to finish fifth.

The Bulldogs strong finish sends them into the three most important weeks of the fall season. Next weekend the Bulldogs will return to Connecticut College for the Women's Victorian Urn. The top-seven finishers at the Urn will qualify for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships, which will be hosted by Eckerd and the University of South Florida in St Petersburg, Fla. Nov. 13 and 14. The weekend in between, two of the Bulldogs, Billing and sophomore Claire Dennis, will also travel to St. Petersburg for the National Singlehanded Championships. These three weekends will finish out the Bulldogs' impressive fall season.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity