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Sailing Team Sees Action in Four Events This Weekend

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By Rob Migliaccio
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The Dartmouth sailing team was spread out over four events this past weekend.

At the Lynn Marchiando Team Race co-hosted by MIT and Tufts, the Big Green sailed to a fourth-place finish in a field of 16 teams. The team been working hard for the past few weekends on boat-on-boat positioning and downwind strategy, and after many close races at the Hall and Szambecki, it was able to pull out some impressive wins at the Marchiando.  Eventual regatta winner Stanford saw their only loss come to the Big Green on Sunday.

At the Dellenbaugh, veteran A Division sailor senior Kelsey Wheeler led the way with sophomore Lizzie Guynn, as they charged to a second-place finish just two points out of the win. Sophomore Sarah Williams continues to improve, sailing with senior Sarah Peck. The B Division duo rallied after a tough start, managing to finish inside the top-10 during the last nine races of the regatta and helping to complete a strong Sunday showing.  The women finished third overall out of 18 teams.

At the Barque Eagle Team Race at Coast Guard, team captain Chris Price and Commodore Ian Storck led a group of four freshmen to a third-place finish in a very tight field. The Big Green had an exceptionally strong first round and went into the final four just one win off the lead. Several tight races with Tufts, Brown and Roger Williams led to a very productive weekend. Dartmouth finished third in a field of eight teams, just two wins off the lead.

Finally, the BU Trophy was a great development regatta for junior Hunter Johnston, senior Victor Hollenberg and freshmen Emily Petno and Pat Collins.  These individuals braved the cold and driving rain of the BU changing dock all weekend, dubbed "Everest Base Camp" by head coach John Storck. They struggled on Saturday, but reclaimed their composure for Sunday to finish with seven top-10 finishes. The Big Green finished 12th of 16 at the BU Trophy.

Dartmouth opens championship season this weekend with the New England Team Racing Championship at Connecticut College. The women will sail the very competitive Wick Trophy at Coast Guard Academy, while the Larkticians will be at the Mystic Lake Team Race.