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Three from Sailing Named ICSA All-Academic

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By Doug Austin
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has announced its 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team, and three Dartmouth student-athletes have been selected. Chandler Salisbury '13 has been named to the Second All-Academic Team, while Sam Williams '12 and Margaret Wilson '13 have been tabbed as All-Conference All-Academic.

The All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2011-12 academic year. A nominated sailor must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, junior or senior academic standing and be a key starter or reserve on a school's sailing team.

A seven-person committee can select up to ten scholar athletes for both the First and Second All-Academic Teams. This year, for the first time, the committee has also named an All-Conference Team. This team recognizes other exemplary sailors who are also great representatives, but were not able to be included on the First or Second Teams.

Salisbury, a senior from Lakewood, Ohio, is a four-year member of the Big Green sailing team who has made an impact in a number of regattas this season. Earlier in the year, the Government and French Studies major helped the women's squad to a first place finish at the Connecticut College Women's Invite, taking first in the B Division. More recently, Salisbury led the Dartmouth women to a fourth place effort at the Stu Nelson Trophy this past weekend. This is the first ICSA honor of her career.

Williams, who graduated last May with a degree in Engineering Sciences, was also a four-year member of the Big Green. A native of Summit, N.J., he led Dartmouth with a combined 14 races sailed between the fall and spring seasons last year. Sailing in the A Division, he helped the squad to a victory in the 70th Professor Erwin Schell Trophy last October, beating out 17 teams. Last spring, he led the team to a fifth place finish at the prestigious 83rd Boston Dinghy Challenge Cup.

Wilson, a Hanover native, is also four-year veteran. Most recently, the Biology major helped the coed team to a runner-up finish at the Oberg Trophy, sailing in A Division with Scott Houck. Earlier in the year, she sailed in the B Division, contributing to a fourth place Dartmouth finish at the St. Mary's Fall Interconference.

The Dartmouth sailing team has been nationally ranked throughout the season. At the release of the latest poll on Oct. 10, the Big Green women were ranked seventh in the nation, while the coed squad was picked ninth.