October 27, 2008

Macky Third at Singlehanded National Championship

Oct. 26, 2008

ICSA/LaserPerformance Women's Singlehanded National Championship Results
Stu Nelson Trophy Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 1 Bulldog women's sailing team competed strongly this weekend, highlighted by senior Jane Macky's third-place finish at the ICSA/LaserPerformance Women's Singlehanded National Championship hosted by Cornell Friday through Sunday in Laser Radials. The Bulldogs also performed well in dinghies in their second-place performance at the Stu Nelson Trophy.

Macky, who has consistently been one of the top women's singlehanded sailors in college sailing since entering college, capped off her four-year career in the Laser Radial at the collegiate level with a third-place finish at the ICSA/LaserPerformance Women's Singlehanded National Championship. While Macky has qualified for the national championship each of her four years of college, each time has brought different conditions and venues and Macky has increasingly turned her attention to more emphasis on training in the more common doublehanded dinghies than the specialized one-person Laser Radial.

The third-place finish is Macky's second best in her four years of college sailing. Last year, as a junior, Macky placed second behind Krysta Rohde of Coast Guard, while she placed eighth in 2006 and fifth in 2005. Macky, who was named an All-American women's skipper last season and was the Bulldog captain last year, was the only competitor at the championship event to compete for all four years of college.

Macky put in a solid effort this year, winning six of the 18 races completed over the three days of competition. The wind was variable during the event, featuring strong breeze on Friday followed by moderate wind on Saturday and Sunday. Macky finished with 103 points, eight points behind Rohde, who finished in second this year. Freshman Annie Haeger from Boston College turned in a dominant performance, finishing with 45 points and only two finishes outside the top five in the 18-competitor and race regatta. Macky finished in the top five 11 times during the regatta. Macky, who was in second place until the last race of the regatta, also placed second in three races.

Macky was pleased with her result and felt that much of the event went well.

"I feel that in the races that I finished well, I was sailing very well," Macky said. "In the races that I didn't finish well in, I just made one large mistake, usually near the end of the race. I feel that nationals were an overall positive experience and I am looking forward to focusing on sailing dinghies now."

The Bulldogs also turned in an impressive second-place performance at the competitive Stu Nelson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs scored 136 points over the ten races in each division. The wind on Saturday was moderately strong while Sunday featured lighter air that prevented a full rotation of races from being completed.

Leading the Bulldog effort was junior Sarah Lihan and sophomore Tatyana Camejo in A Division. The duo narrowly missed winning A Division by one point, instead placing second with 49 points. Lihan and Camejo won two races and placed second in four races, with seven total finishes in the top five boats.

In B Division, junior Rebecca Jackson sailed with junior Marla Menninger and sophomore Elizabeth Brim. Jackson, Menninger and Brim placed 10th in B Division with 87 points. The trio finished in the top five in four races.

Lihan was pleased with the overall outcome at the Stu Nelson Trophy and credited the teamwork between her and Camejo for much of the success.

"I think that we had a combination of good starts and teamwork this weekend," Lihan said. "Tatyana helped me out of some tough situations and I think that we have an evolving partnership. It is nice to know that we can perform well in the strong breeze despite being one of the lighter teams and it feels good to have performed strongly at this event."

The Bulldogs are next in action on Saturday and Sunday at the 43rd Women's Victorian Coffee Urn hosted by Harvard.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity