March 20, 2009

No. 3 Bulldogs Ready for More Intersectional Competition

March 20, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 3 Bulldog women's sailing team is ready to resume tough competition this weekend at the St. Mary's Women's Intersectional hosted by No. 4 St. Mary's College of Maryland. The regatta will feature some of the best competition the team has had this season. The team has had an impressive season so far this year, taking second at the Navy Spring Women's Intersectional.

The St. Mary's Women's Intersectional will feature very tough competition. Of the 15 teams that are ranked nationally, 13 of them will be in action at the regatta. The team will have the opportunity to take on No. 1 College of Charleston again this weekend. The College of Charleston has won the two women's regattas of the year, the Charleston Women's Intersectional and the Navy Spring Women's Intersectional. The regatta will take place in FJs.

This will be the first regatta for the Bulldogs after they have practiced extensively. The team spent the last week training in Florida in FJs. The spring break training trip was the first opportunity for the team to heavily practice this year as the cold weather at the McNay Family Sailing Center had prevented the team from beginning to practice. The training rip included twice-a-day practice in FJs, so the team should be ready to compete at St. Mary's.

Last year, the Bulldogs placed second at the regatta, only losing out to the hosts, who were ranked first nationally at the time. Senior Kate Hagemann and sophomore Elizabeth Brim led the team with a win in B division, finishing in the top five in 10 of the 14 races. Senior Jane Macky and junior Marla Menninger were sixth in A division.

Competition will get underway at 9:00 a.m.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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