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Women's Sailing in Fifth After Day One of Semifinals

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By Rob Migliaccio
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Dartmouth women's sailing team is fifth of 18 teams in the Sperry Top-Sider Women's Semifinals at the ICSA National Championships after Wednesday's races. The Semifinals conclude on Thursday morning with the Finals beginning at 1 p.m. along with the other nine teams that have already qualified.

Teams arrived to cloudy skies, 77 degrees and a light rain on Thursday at Austin Yacht Club. Winds were from the south-southeast at about nine knots. As the day progressed, the skies cleared to reveal sunshine on and off and temperatures soared to the high 80s and low 90s with south-southeast winds staying around 10 knots.

Eager sailors in A-division crossed the starting line before the gun in the first race, causing the race committee to hail a general recall. The second start was a success and racing was underway around
10:30 a.m. Teams are sailing in Club FJ’s on a windward/leeward course 4 laps around. A-division completed eight races today while B-division completed six.

The scores are close with the top two teams, the College of Charleston and Connecticut College, only one point apart, 70 and 71 points respectively. Rhode Island and Harvard are tied with 89 points—however, Harvard loses the tiebreaker. Dartmouth is only two points behind Rhode Island and Harvard with 91 points in fifth place.

The Big Green totaled the best score in the A-division with 39 points, and were eighth in the B-division with 52 points. Sophomore Kelsey Wheeler (Osterville, Mass.) and junior Molly Wilson (Rye, N.Y.) sailed in the A-division for Dartmouth, while freshman Deirdre Lambert (Cumberland, Maine) and sophomore Carissa Crawford (San Diego, Calif.) competed in the B-division.

The Semifinals are scheduled to begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. CDT and will conclude once 16 races have been completed between the A and B-divisions.

The nine teams that already qualified for the National Championship: Georgetown, Michigan, Stanford, Texas, South Florida, Navy, Boston College, Yale and Western Washington.

Top Nine Teams, Day 1:
1. College of Charleston
2. Connecticut College
3. Rhode Island
4. Harvard
5. Dartmouth
6. Brown
7. Hawaii
8. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
9. Hobart and William Smith Colleges