September 22, 2011

No. 1 Bulldogs Look to Maintain a Positive Delta

Improved From Third to Second Between Weekend One and Weekend Two, Looking to Improve Once More

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 1 Yale women's sailing team will send a team to race in the Women's Regis Bowl, hosted by Boston University.  Although the race course will be on a slightly different part of the river from two weekends ago when the team raced at MIT, the same amount of open-mindedness will be necessary for handling the Charles River's notoriously shifty conditions. 

Representing the Bulldogs at the Regis Bowl will be, in A division, junior skipper Emily Billing and sophomore crew Anna Han, and in B division, freshman skipper Morgan Kiss and senior crew Margot Benedict.  Kiss made her college sailing debut at the Nevin's Trophy last weekend, in which she sailed nine out of the 18 races and helped the Bulldogs to a ninth-place finish in B division.  Most notably, she scored both a first and a second in back-to-back races which suggests that this freshman certainly has what it takes to compete at collegiate level. 

While Kiss was sailing in the coed event last weekend, Billing was with the women's team up at Dartmouth where she took fourth in A division and helped the team to a second-place overall result.  Between these two skippers and their experienced crews, the Bulldogs should be well represented.  Benedict, the team's captain, received New England sailor-of-the-week honors for her performance in a coed event two weekends ago and Han was the A division crew for the third-place women's team that same weekend at the Toni Deutsch Trophy. 

Weather forecasts for the weekend call for thunder-showers; however, they also call for warmer temperatures and more breeze than there was last weekend at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl in New Hampshire.  Follow the Bulldogs' results on TechScore as they race in their third competition of the season this upcoming weekend. 

Report filed by Chris Segerblom '14, Yale Sports Publicity