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Women's Sailing Wins Back-to-Back ICSA National Championships

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Dartmouth women’s sailing team won its second consecutive Sperry Top-Sider National Championship, defeating Yale by five points, 185-190, to claim the Gerald C. Miller Trophy once again.

This is the first time an institution has won back-to-back Miller Trophies since Tufts repeated in 1993 and 1994.

Junior skipper Deirdre Lambert was named the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year for a second straight year also as she skippered the Big Green to a staggering victory in the A-Division with senior crew Avery Plough. Dartmouth produced a mere 60 points with eight bullets in the 17 races, easily outdistancing the Bulldogs, which posted 101 points. The eight victories came in the final 12 races, but it was the bullet in the 14th race that put the Green in the lead for good.

In the B-Division, Dartmouth got fine performances from senior skipper Kelsey Wheeler and sophomore crew Lizzie Guynn as the pair finished third with 125 points, behind Yale (89) and MIT (109). In the first eight races, the pair came away with six top-five finishes, three times taking second. By following up the A-Division win in the 14th race by coming in third themselves, Wheeler and Guynn helped secure the Big Green stranglehold atop the overall standings.

Navy finished third with 275 points, followed by Old Dominion (276) and MIT (286) to round out the top-five finishers. 

“I couldn’t imagine this happening again,” said Lambert at the conclusion of the championship. “[This victory] is really awesome and definitely a team success. It’s really great for our team to be National Champions again.”

In its eleventh 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.