ANNAPOLIS, Md.  – Dartmouth, the defending Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Intercollegiate Sailing National Champion, completed the opening day of the Western fleet semifinals on the Severn River in third place.

The mid-Atlantic weather held up perfectly for the competition with light gusts. Competitors raced FJs and Z420s on windward-leeward four leg courses. Twenty-eight teams are competing for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy with Yale and Rhode Island holding the top spots in the two-division fleet. The tightly contested Western fleet has the Bulldogs ahead with 41 points. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is second with 55 followed by the Big Green with 59. 

In the Eastern fleet, URI is first with 43 points. MIT is second with 46 and Stanford and Brown are tied for third with 56 points. 

Competition will resume on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with 18 teams advancing to Thursday’s finals.

Top Nine Teams Eastern Semi-Final, Day 1:
1. University of Rhode Island, 43
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 46
3. Stanford University, 56*
4. Brown University, 56*
5. Eckerd College, 58
6. Boston College, 59
7. Georgetown University, 61
8. University of Minnesota, 70
9. Old Dominion University, 72
*Head-to-head tiebreaker

Top Nine Teams Western Semi-Final, Day 1:
1. Yale University, 41
2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 55
3. Dartmouth College, 59
4. College of Charleston, 61
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 77
6. University of Hawaii, 78
7. Fordham University, 81*
8. Brown University, 81*
9. Cornell University, 86
*Head-to-head tiebreaker