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Sailing Qualifies for Semifinals at Dinghy Championship

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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth sailing team competed in three events this weekend with the coed team qualifying for the semifinal round of the ICSA Dinghy National Championship with its fourth-place finish at the New England Dinghy Championship. The regatta had 18 teams with Dartmouth totaling 258 points. Harvard won the event with 231 points.

At the 72nd Oberg Trophy, the team took sixth out of 18 teams. The Big Green had 68 points in the A Division and 80 in the B Division for a total of 148 points. Boston College placed first overall with 108 points.

The third regatta of the weekend for the Big Green was the Emily wick Trophy. The women's team placed seventh out of 17 teams with 276 points. Boston College won the event with 190 points. Dartmouth scored 118 points in the A Divison and 158 points in the B Division.

The Dartmouth sailing teams compete in four regattas this coming weekend.

Quotes from the Weekend

On the Emily Wick Trophy
"Saturday morning we were greeted with a light and finicky westerly, which allowed us one A division race before eventually settling in from the south-southwest for the remainder of the weekend," Junior Madilyn Gamble (Marblehead, Mass.) said. "We sailed a complete 17-boat rotation under warm, sunny skies, with breeze between 5 and 15 knots. Chandler Salisbury (Lakewood, Ohio) and I sailed the first eight races in A division, at which point Deirdre Lambert (Cumberland, Maine) took over for the rest of the rotation with crews Carissa Crawford (San Diego, Calif.) and Catie O'Sullivan (Needham, Mass.). Kelsey Wheeler (Osterville, Mass.) and crews Margaret Wilson (Rye, N.Y.) and Sarah Peck (Old Lyme, Conn.) held it down in the B division."

On the Oberg Trophy
"Sun and warm weather had us actually enjoying the changing dock and park by the race course," Senior Rachel Moncton (Cupertino, Calif.) said. "The wind was standard Charles River, and we all had a great first day. Unfortunately, Tim Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) fell sick on Sunday, but luckily we were able to call over to Harvard and borrow heavy crew Colin Murphy (New York, N.Y.) to take over the helm in B division."

On the New England Dingy Championship
"This weekend, the coed team enjoyed both our first weekend sailing in New England without drysuits and our first coed semi-finals qualification since 2007," Sophomore Avery Plough (Portola Valle, Calif.) said. "With two full FJ fleets (A division in Harvard FJs and B division in MIT's boats), we were able to get through a full 18 races despite the highly variable pressure. In addition to qualifying, other highlights included the spectacular pit crew of alternates Raquel Merchant (New York, N.Y.) and Bernard Roesler (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and heavy crews Ian Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Murphy, who kept the boats and the sailors in top shape. After a great weekend overall, we're all looking forward to running it back in Annapolis for semi-finals."