CHARLESTON, S.C. – After day two on the water, the Dartmouth sailing team advanced to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Sperry Women's National Championship after finishing 5th at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
The 36-team field was narrowed to 18 teams as the top nine finishers from the Eastern Semifinals will compete against the top nine finishers from the Western Semifinals to determine the winner of the Gerald C. Miller Trophy. The Big Green have won two of the last four Women's Championships with its last coming in 2014.
Dartmouth's 98 points was enough to secure the fifth place finish as Ivy League foes, Yale and Brown lead the field with 61 and 74 points. Coast Guard took third, while the host school, College of Charleston finished fourth with 95 points. Meanwhile in the Eastern division, Rhode Island took the top spot, while Boston College and Boston University took second and third.
The morning racing started just after 9 a.m. with winds from the southwest around 8-12 knots. Winds built significantly to 15 knots and then up to 30 knots before the final races of the day.
The Big Green return to the water this morning at 10:30 a.m. for Day 1 of the championship regatta, which will conclude on Friday where the champion will be named.
Final Nine Teams Eastern Semifinal:
1. University of Rhode Island, 73
2. Boston College, 87
3. Boston University, 89
4. Stanford University, 98
5. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 104
6. Tufts University, 121
7. George Washington University, 128
8. University of South Florida, 136*
9. Bowdoin College, 136*
Final Nine Teams Western Semifinal:
1. Yale University, 61
2. Brown University, 74
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 87
4. College of Charleston, 95
5. Dartmouth College, 98
6. University of Vermont, 117
7. Georgetown University, 127
8. U.S. Naval Academy, 163
9. University of California Santa Barbara, 170