HANOVER, N.H. – Sailing World’s Fall 2013 College Preseason Rankings were recently announced and the Dartmouth sailing team topped the women’s list receiving 16 of 17 first-place votes.
After a strong third place finish at the Gil Coed Championships, the Coed team ranks No. 3 heading into the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Green received five of 17 first-place votes for a total of 287 points. Stanford is No. 1 with 303 points and Yale is second with 301 points.
In the women’s rankings, Dartmouth tallied 250 points with Boston College receiving the other first-place vote in second with 211 points. Yale, Navy and Stanford rounding out the top five.
The Big Green and the Bulldogs are the only two teams to have both their coed and women sailors ranked in the top three.
The women’s team is coming off their third national championship as the Big Green topped the 18-boat fleet at the ICSA Women’s National Championship by an impressive 38 points to capture their first national title since 2000. The win marked the fourth time in program history that Dartmouth reached the pinnacle of the college sailing world. Prior championships came for the women in 2000 and 1992 and the Coed squad in 1992.
With a strong core of returning sailors, the Big Green are poised for a successful season. Dartmouth returns Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year Deirdre Lambert and ICSA All-Americans Matt Wefer, Carissa Crawford and Avery Plough.
The team kicks off its fall schedule the weekend of September 14 with a flurry of events, including the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale.