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Sailing Notches Trio of Top-Five Finishes

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By Doug Austin
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing team continued to shine over the weekend, posted three top-five finishes in four regattas. The Big Green took second at the Barnett Trophy at Bowdoin, finished third at the Roger Williams Invitational and sailed into fifth at the Hobart & William Smith Fall Intersectional. Additionally, the Green and White took 12th of 19 teams at the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island.

At the Barnett Trophy, Dartmouth was second only to Tufts, finishing just six points out of first place.

"It was a fantastic weekend for the Big Green at Bowdoin," said freshman sailor Lizzie Guynn. "Hope Wilson and Evan Read won the A Division, and the team finished in second overall. Bethel Point was beautiful on day one with tons of breeze, but on Sunday, we only got one set in because of the lack of wind."

At the Roger Williams Invite, Dartmouth's Sarah Williams, Caroline Gray, Hunter Johnstone and Perrin Hutcheson combined to score just 55 points, good enough for a third place finish of 16 teams. Brown was the overall winner with just 27 points.

"Saturday brought lots of wind and waves, and even some current," remembered Williams. "We had fun sailing in conditions different from what we see on Lake Mascoma. Sunday could not have been more opposite than Saturday. The conditions were light and shifty. Overall, it was an exciting weekend that tested everyone's skills in a wide range of conditions."

At Hobart and William Smith, the Big Green finished fifth of 16 with 144 points. Navy, the overall winner, blew away the competition with just 98 points.

"With breeze coming directly off the land, we were met with some whacky conditions and wild, inconsistent shifts, making sailing tough," recalled sophomore Colin Murphy. "Though faced with tough conditions, both divisions placed fourth and we ended up fifth overall."

Lastly, Dartmouth competed at the Moody Trophy, having some tough luck with a 12th place finish of 19 teams. Scoring 103 points in the A Division and 64 in the B, the squad finished with a combined total of 167, 106 points behind champion Stanford.