NORFOLK, Va. – The Gill Coed National Championship Semifinals began Tuesday morning in Norfolk, Virginia hosted by Old Dominion University, where the Dartmouth sailing team finished in first place after four races in each division.
There are 36 total teams in southern Virginia competing in the Inter-collegiate Coed National Championship, split into Eastern and Western Divisions. The Big Green is competing in the Western Division and tallied 33 points, only three points away from MIT who is in second with 36 while Boston College wrapped the day up in third place with 40 points.
Representing Dartmouth in the championship are sailors Christopher Williford and Rebecca McElvain who raced in Division A, while Duncan Williford and Paige Clarke competed in Division B. Alyssa Berger, Timothy Greenhouse, Jack McGraw and Eric Weis are also with the Big Green as reserves.
Sailing today was delayed until nearly 11 a.m. after rain and no wind caused a postponement. Wind continued to hinder the completion of more races today, and now the 18 teams in each division need to have 14 more races in the semifinals to narrow down who will move on to the finals.
“The funny thing is that we sail in these conditions a lot on Lake Mascoma,” said head coach Justin Assad. “We are used to some more shiftiness in New England. Today we executed our starts well and stuck to our game plan and stayed away from risks. Tonight, the sailors will lay low, they are still in school studying, we are looking forward to racing tomorrow.”
Cornell is the only other Ivy League team in the Western Division, currently in 16th place with 113 points. In the Eastern Division, Yale is in fifth place with 37 points, the only other representative of the Ancient Eight in the ISCA National Championships.
Tomorrow’s races begin at 10 a.m. for the second day of semifinals.
Western Division Top Nine (Day 1)
- 1. Dartmouth, 33
- 2. MIT, 36
- 3. Boston College, 40
- 4. South Florida, 45
- 5. Georgetown, 48
- 6. St. Mary’s, 53
- 7. Stanford, 56
- 8. Rhode Island, 64
- 9. Fordham, 74