HANOVER, N.H. – In its final tune up before heading to the National Championship, the Dartmouth sailing team finished sixth at the NEISA Team Race Conference Championship over the weekend.

The Fowle Trophy, hosted by Harvard, boasted a fleet of 11 teams. The event was the lone for the team over the weekend. Over the four rounds of races the Big Green compiled a record of 7-12 to finish just behind fifth place Tufts. In the second preliminary round, Dartmouth went 2-3 with wins against Boston University and Harvard.

The most successful leg of the race for the Big Green came in the Gold Round 2 as the sailors went 5-2 to advance to the final six. In the final round, Dartmouth went 1-4 with the lone victory coming against Tufts.

“It was a beautiful weekend on the Charles, with shifts, puffs, and a full-on community boating scene to keep the racing exciting at all times,” Dartmouth senior Margaret Wilson said. “After winning a sail-off against Harvard to sneak past the first elimination round, we won 5 of our 7 races in the second round robin to secure a spot in the final 6, a first for Dartmouth in the past few years.”

While we didn't quite make it to a top 4 finish to qualify for team race nationals, we put up a good fight and our young squad has a lot to be excited about moving forward,” Wilson added.

At the conclusion of Saturday’s racing, the NEISA Awards Committee announced the 2013 All NEISA teams and a quartet of sailors were honored. Junior Matt Wefer was named first team Skipper and sophomore Scott Houck earned second team Skipper honors. Wilson and junior Avery Plough rounded out the honorees as each was named first team crew.