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Williams and Two Others Earn All-NEISA Honors

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Sam Williams     By Rob Migliaccio

HANOVER, N.H. — At the New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Team Racing Championship this past weekend, three Dartmouth sailors earned All-NEISA honors highlighted by senior Sam Williams taking home the Sportsman of the Year honor (which is voted on by the competitors) and a spot on the All-NEISA second team. Joining Williams on the second team was sophomore Matt Wefer (Glen Head, N.Y.) and junior Matt Habig (Larchmont, N.Y.). Wefer and Williams were both selected as skippers while Habig was honored as part of the crews second team.

In the regatta itself, hosted by MIT, the Big Green finished seventh of 12 schools. Boston College won the event with a 13-6 mark. Dartmouth finished the weekend 4-10. Also joining the Eagles with a berth to the ICSA/APS Team Race is Brown and Roger Williams.

Dartmouth also competed at the George Morris Trophy this weekend, taking 11th of 16 teams. The Big Green finished with a two-division total of 228 with Vermont taking the top spot with 105 points.

Quotes from the Weekend

On the NEISA Team Race
"The Charles River dealt us some heavy blows this weekend at the New England Team Race Championships for the Fowle Trophy." Wefer said. "Sailing in anything from 3 to 20 knots, the team took on the top teams in NEISA in very challenging conditions to determine who would be the top three teams to move on to the ICSA National Team Race Championships. Despite fighting hard, never giving up, and improving with every race, we fell a sail-off short of qualifying for the Top six final round and the chance to sail five more races, finishing in seventh out of 12 with our heads held high."

On the George Morris Trophy
"Skippers Tim Scanlon (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Taylor McDonald (Branford, Conn.) with crews Lexi Krupp (Setauket, N.Y.) and Phoebe Palmer (New York, N.Y.) sailed in the George Morris Trophy this weekend at BU on the Charles River in their last regatta of the regular season," Krupp said. "It was a fairly windy weekend. Saturday had breeze from 7-12 knots, and Sunday was up and down, ranging from 5-15 knots with a stretch of puffs hitting the low 20s at the end of the day. The variable wind and numerous shifts made for some tricky and frustrating conditions, but we took one race at a time and did the best we could with what we were given, ending up in 11th overall."