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CHARLESTON, S.C. – After leading the field in Day 1, the Dartmouth Sailing team qualified for the Gill Coed National finals with a ninth place finish in South Carolina on Wednesday.

The Big Green slipped from their first place finish in the Eastern Semifinals to ninth, but Dartmouth was able to stave off elimination by scoring 190 points.

Today racing started on time around 10 a.m. in a light southwesterly around 8 knots under partly sunny skies. Temperatures were in the low 80s. The winds were light at times around 5-7 knots from the southwest and increased at times to 8-12 knots from the south. At the end of the day the winds were light again making it difficult to fight the ebb current and fit all of the races in.

In the Eastern fleet, the College of Charleston took the lead on their home waters, moving up from fourth place yesterday. George Washington moved up to second place from third yesterday and Hobart and William Smith Colleges took third place, moving up from sixth place yesterday.

In the Western fleet the U.S. Naval Academy held onto their lead from yesterday finishing 19 points ahead of second place team Yale.

The Big Green will return to the water for the first day of the finals tomorrow, as the winner of the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy will be crowned on Friday.

Top Nine Eastern Semifinals Final Results (12 races):
1. College of Charleston, 130
2. George Washington University, 146
3. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 154
4. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 174
5. Fordham University, 175
6. Stanford University, 176
7. Roger Williams University, 180
8. Boston University, 188
9. Dartmouth College, 190

Top Nine Western Semifinal Final Results (11 races):
1. U.S. Naval Academy, 115
2. Yale University, 135*
3. Tufts University, 135*
4. Boston College, 137
5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 141
6. Brown University, 146
7. Georgetown University, 147
8. University of South Florida, 169
9. University of California Santa Barbara, 181
*Number of high-place (1) finishes