March 22, 2009
St. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The No. 3 Bulldog women's sailing team added another top-three finish to their strong early season performances with a third-place finish at the St Mary's Women's Intersectional over the weekend. Opposition included 13 of the top 15 teams in the nation, guaranteeing a weekend of fierce competition. The Bulldogs placed second at this regatta in 2008.
The regatta, hosted by St. Mary's College on the St. Mary's River, was sailed in a fleet of FJs. Four races were completed on Saturday in a light, shifty north-easterly clocking to a light southerly late in the day with a maximum wind speed of only 6 knots. Five races were completed on Sunday in increasingly unstable breeze conditions, resulting in frustrating races and inconsistent results throughout the fleet.
Despite these trying conditions, the Bulldogs brought home an admirable third-place combined finish. Yale scored 104 points over the nine races in each division, finishing behind No. 6 Harvard by only one point, a very close margin in the low-point scoring system given the difficult conditions and numerous races sailed. No. 1 Charleston won the regatta with 96 points while No. 6 Harvard earned 103 points overall.
The A division squad of senior Jane Macky and junior captain Marla Menninger took fifth with 58 points. Old Dominion won the division with 35 points. Macky and Menninger demonstrated veteran mental toughness by fighting back from a tough 17th-place finish in their first race to finish in the top ten for the remaining eight races in the regatta.
In B division, senior Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim took a close second with 46 points. The division was won by Georgetown University with 40 points, a relatively small margin given the conditions.
The Bulldogs' next competition is at the Women's Joseph Duplin Trophy hosted by Tufts University on Mar. 28-29.
Report filed by Jenn Hoyle '05, Yale Sports Publicity