HANOVER, N.H. — The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Assocation (ICSA) announced its All-Americans for the 2014 season in an online award show, and Dartmouth had four who were recognized among the 52 sailors — seniors Avery Plough, Matt Wefer and Kelsey Wheeler, as well as junior Deirdre Lambert.
Lambert was named an ICSA Women’s All-American after leading the Big Green women’s team to its second consecutive Sperry Top-Sider Women’s National Championship two weeks ago. The native of Cumberland, Maine, also was chosen as the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year for the second straight year as she led the A-Division boat to eight bullets in the 17 races to post 60 points, well ahead of second-place Yale with 101.
One of 10 ICSA Coed All-Americans, Wefer (Glen Head, N.Y.) skippered Dartmouth’s A-Division boat at the Gill Co-Ed National Championship after earning first-team skipper recognition from the New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (NEISA). The Big Green took eighth at the co-ed championship with Wefer’s boat claiming fifth in the A-Division with one bullet and three top-three finishes in 15 races.
Plough, from Portola Valley, Calif., was Lambert’s crew in the A-Division as she was chosen as an ICSA Crew All-American. Not only was she an integral part of helping the women to a national championship as Lambert’s crew, she also served as Wefer’s crew in the A-Division at the co-ed national championship and was first-team co-ed crew for NEISA as well.
The B-Division skipper at the women's national championship, Wheeler (Osterville, Mass.) earned ICSA Women’s All-America Honorable Mention. After helping the women’s team to a third-place finish at the NEISA Women's Championship with three bullets in 17 B-Division races in mid-April to earn first-team skipper, she was instrumental to the Big Green winning the title at the national championship by guiding the B-Division boat to the third-lowest score.
The 2014 College Sailing All-American Award Show (including an acceptance speech by Lambert at the 3:21 mark) can be viewed below courtesy of YouTube.