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Sailing Wins Pair of Regattas, Qualifies for ACC Championships

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By Rob Migliaccio
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing team won two of the three regattas in which it competed over the weekend. The Big Green were victorious at the Peak Foliage Invitational, hosted by UNH, and also at the Victorian Coffee Urn, hosted by Connecticut College. Additionally, Dartmouth finished 7th of 18 at the Erwin Schell Conference Championship at Brown.

The weekend's performances qualified both the coed and women's teams for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, which will take place Nov. 10-11. The women's regatta will be held back at Connecticut College, while the men's event will take place at King's Point, hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

At the Coffee Urn, the duo of Deirdre Lambert and Carissa Crawford sailed to a first place finish in the A Division, tallying 33 points. Four sailors - Chandler Salisbury, Madilyn Gamble, Kelsey Wheeler and Sarah Peck - teamed up for a big win in the B Division, carrying the Big Green to an overall team victory. Overall, Dartmouth placed first of 18 teams at the conference championship.

"Winds ranging from 0 to 28 and a strong current kept the races tricky," noted Salisbury, "but all the hard work we've put in this season paid off."

At the Erwin Schell Trophy, the Big Green coed squad turned in a seventh place effort with 108 points. The A Division of Matt Wefer, Avery Plough and Ian Storck took 10th, while the B squad of Scott Houck and Margaret Wilson was eighth. Yale was the overall winner, and 18 teams competed altogether.

"Tricky conditions warranted inconsistent scores among all teams, and we went into the last race fighting for a qualifying spot," explained Colin Murphy. "Though the last set was tough, the team got it done, finishing seventh overall."

Lastly, at the Peak Foliage Invite, both divisions prevailed again. The A squad tallied just 4 points while the B group added 10, helping Dartmouth finish first of 14 teams.