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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – At an awards banquet following the completion of the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championship last week, the Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year award and ICSA Women’s All-American Team were announced as Dartmouth’s Deirdre Lambert earned the prestigious accolade.

Lambert was selected as one of just three finalists nationally.  The Cumberland, Maine, native won the award after leading the Big Green to their first national title since 2000. She followed a strong tradition of past winners excelling in both women’s ‘A” Division races and coed races as well. Lambert became the first Dartmouth sailor to earn the honor.

In its tenth year, the Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year award annually honors an individual who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships. The ICSA All-America committee evaluates with great detail all of the finalists’ results and calculates the winner. Quantum believes that women sailors should receive the same recognition that male sailors receive in the sport to acknowledge women’s’ excellence in sailing and continue to foster its growth.

Lambert excelled all year on the water for Dartmouth, winning ‘A’ Division in every event she sailed except for one. This women’s Championship was no exception as she won A-division by 37 points.

The award recognition didn’t stop there as the sophomore earned All-America distinction for the second straight season. The lone member of the Big Green to earn national recognition, Lambert still credits her teammates and coaches for her success.

The guidelines for All-America selection evaluate a competitor based on their competitive record in conference and North American Championships. Beyond that the committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, results achieved with different crews, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in previous years.

It is possible to select fifteen winners between the All-Americans and Honorable Mention All-American skippers, however 13 were honored this year.

Honorable Mention All-American Women Skippers (3)
Marlena Fauer ’14, Yale University
Abby Featherstone ’13, University of South Florida
Natalie Salk ’13, Tufts University

All-American Women Skippers (10)
Claire Dennis ’13, Yale University
Nancy Hagood ’14, Georgetown University
Mary Hall ’15, U.S. Naval Academy
Stephanie Hudson ’13, Boston College
Morgan Kiss ’15, Yale University
Deirdre Lambert ’15, Dartmouth College
Kayla McComb ’13, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Erika Reineke ’16, Boston College
Mimi Roller ’13, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Lauren Turner ’13, Cornell University

Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year Finalists
Mary Hall ’15, U.S. Naval Academy
Deirdre Lambert ’15, Dartmouth College**
Erika Reineke ’16, Boston College

**- Denotes winner