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NORFOLK, Va. – The Dartmouth sailing team began competition in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championship in the Sperry Women’s Western Semifinals hosted by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

The group of women representing the Big Green competed in four races for both Division A and Division B in the opening day of the regatta, finishing 7th with 106 points. In the Division A, Dartmouth finished in the top four with 55 points and the top eight in Division B with 51 points. The green and white have performed extremely well in Division A, with top four finishes in five of the eight races today. In Division B the Big Green have taken top-10 wins in two of the four races.

There are 18 teams in total in each semifinal, while the Big Green compete in the Western Division there are 18 other teams competing in the Eastern Division. The best nine teams from each semifinal will move on, after another round of races slated for tomorrow to determine who will compete in the finals beginning Thursday.

Sailing for the Big Green are Emma White and Paige Clarke for Division A while Audrey Giblin and Sophia Diserio sail in Division B, with Peninah Benjamin and Kathryn Hall also in Norfolk as reserves. 

Leading the Western Division is the College of Charleston with 44 points, while Yale leads the Eastern Division with 58 points. 

Dartmouth currently sits behind Ivy League foes Harvard and Penn who are in second and fifth respectively. Cornell is also in the Western Division, in eighth place.


Sperry Women’s Western Semifinal Top Nine (Day 1)
1. College of Charleston, 44
2. Harvard, 77
4. University of South Florida, 97
3. Boston College, 99
5. Penn, 101*
6. U.S. Coast Guard, 101*
7. Dartmouth, 106
8. Cornell, 123
9. Georgetown, 125

*Head-to-head tiebreaker