HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 6 ranked coed Dartmouth sailing team traveled to Bronx, New York, to participate in the last regatta of the fall season, the 2017 Atlantic Coast Championships, and came out with a win.
Juniors Christopher Williford and Rebecca McElvain raced in the Division A, while senior Duncan Williford and sophomore Paige Clarke competed in the Division B, both finishing in the top-10 and with their combined 146 points took the overall win by nine points. The last time Dartmouth won the ACC’s was in 2006 with Erik Storck, Killarney Loufek, Andrew Loe, and Betsy Bryant, members of the class of 2007 and 2008 respectively. Last fall the Big Green came in fifth at the championship.
SUNY Maritime College hosted the championship, which featured an 18-team field. Following the Big Green in second place was Boston University with 155 points and MIT in third with 157 points. The College of Charleston finished in first place in the Division A race, one spot ahead of Dartmouth, but fell behind in Division B ending in sixth place overall.
While the coed squad was in New York, a group of women sailors traveled to New London, Connecticut, for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship where they finished ninth overall out of 18. This fall the Big Green’s women group has been ranked No. 4 nationally and competed against the other top-25 ranked teams at the championship.
Junior Emma White and sophomore Peninah Benjamin sailed in the Division A while sophomore Audrey Giblin and senior Sophia Diserio competed in Division B. After finishing eighth in the Division A race, the B team came in fourth, tallying the total points to 148. Top-ranked Yale came in first place, winning the championship, with 69 points, followed by Boston College in second with 76 and U.S. Coast Guard in third with 110.
In 2016 Dartmouth did not compete in the Women’s ACC, but won the ACC’s in the end of the 2015 season.
The Big Green will return to the water in 2018 for spring action.