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NORFOLK, Va. – The first day of the Gill Coed National Championship for the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association began today with the Dartmouth sailing team finishing in the middle of the pack in 10th place. 

There are 18 total teams in the finals and MIT is in the lead with 121 points, while College of Charleston is in second with 164 and Hobart and William Smith is in third with 173. The Big Green posted 236 points on the day, trailing the only other Ivy League team in the finals, Yale, as the Bulldogs are in seventh with 216 points.

Christopher Williford, Rebecca McElvain, Duncan Williford and Paige Clarke all sailed for Dartmouth today. In Division A the Big Green took first place in the eighth race and had second-place finishes in the seventh and 11th races. Dartmouth also finished second in two Division B races. The team in green and white struggled to perform well in the early races in Division A and had three rather low scores from Division B races today.

Altogether 12 races were completed in each division, including a rescore by the race committee for the 10A event. Tomorrow the teams return for the water for the final round of races to crown the national champion, beginning at 10 a.m. 

Gill Coed National Championship Top 10 (Day 1)
1. MIT, 121
2. Charleston, 164
3. Hobart and William, 173
4. Georgetown, 174
5. Roger Williams, 207
6. Stanford, 209
7. Yale, 216
8. George Washington, 218
9. U.S. Naval Academy, 229
10. Dartmouth, 236