March 16, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 2 Bulldog women's sailing team continued their streak of strong performances in tough regattas with a second-place finish at the Navy Spring Women's Intersectional. The regatta, one of the toughest of the spring season, featured 12 of the top 15 teams in the nation, including nine of the top 10 teams. The Bulldogs also placed second at the regatta in 2008.
For the Bulldogs, the second-place finish cements the team's position in the elite teams. The Bulldog squad, which took third at the ICSA Women's National Championships last year, faced most of the same competition that they will face again at the National Championships this year. The regatta, hosted by Navy, was sailed in a fleet of 420s and a fleet of FJs. A division sailed 420s while B division sailed FJs. Seven races were completed on Saturday in tough conditions. The light, three-to-five knot breeze with frequent shifts and puffs made it very tough to stay consistent throughout the regatta. The competitors were scheduled to continue sailing on Sunday, with A and B division switching fleets of boats, but extremely light wind prevented any races from being sailed.
Despite the tough conditions, the Bulldogs ultimately performed strongly, scoring 86 points over the seven races in each division to take second. No. 1 Charleston won the regatta with 63 points while No. 5 Boston College also earned 86 points. Yale beat Boston College in the tie breaker of which school beat the other school more times over the course of the regatta.
The A division duo of senior Jane Macky and junior captain Marla Menninger took fourth with 41 points. Tufts won the division with 32 points. Macky and Menninger were consistent in the tough conditions, finishing in the top five in five of the seven races.
In B division, senior Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim took seventh with 45 points. They were only one point out of sixth. The division was won by Boston College with 21 points. The duo had a top finish of second in the first race of the regatta.
Hagemann was pleased with the team's overall performance.
"I think that taking second at the regatta was still good because the conditions were very tough," Hagemann said. "It was really hard to be consistent in the racing because the wind was so light and it was very shifty."
The Bulldogs are next in action at the St. Mary's Women's Intersectional on Mar. 21-22.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity