By: Mike Miezejeski
NEWPORT, R.I. – Dartmouth sailing is gearing up for the College Sailing National Championships in Newport, Rhode Island beginning on Tuesday. 2019 marks the first time in over a decade that the team race, women’s and coed teams all qualified for nationals.
The team race squad of seniors Christopher Williford and Rebecca McElvain, juniors Paige Clarke and Jack McGraw, sophomores Timothy Greenhouse and Eloise Burn and freshman Carlota Hopkins-Guerra qualified for nationals on April 7 in New London, Conn. with a third-place finish in the NEISA Team Race Championship. The Big Green won 12 out of 18 races to secure their spot in Newport.
Two weekends later on April 21 in Cambridge, Mass., the team of seniors Emma White and Mary Amis, juniors Audrey Giblin and Clarke, junior Kathryn Hall and freshmen Aisling Sullivan and Hopkins-Guerra claimed third in the NEISA Women’s Championships to qualify for nationals. Dartmouth’s Division A boat of Giblin, Amis and Hopkins-Guerra took five top-five finishes, including a first place mark in the 14th race. The Divison B team of White, Clarke and Sullivan placed in the top five nine times with two wins.
Finally on April 28, the Dartmouth coed team took a third-place finish in Brunswick, Maine. The team consisted of seniors Mary Amis, Williford and McElvain, juniors Giblin and Clarke, sophomore Eloise Burn and freshman Cole Harris. The Division A boat of Williford, McElvain, Amis and Burn kept the scoring low by placing in the top five in 10 out of the 14 races including two first-place finishes. The Division B boat of Giblin, Harris, Amis and Clarke placed in the top five four times with one first-place finish.
The Sperry Women’s National Championship is first up beginning on Tuesday and runs through Friday. Dartmouth enters the races ranked No. 7 in the country. The ICSA National Team Race Invitational is second on the docket and will run from Saturday through Monday. The 10-day event concludes with the Gill Coed National Championships, which start on May 28 and run through the 31st. The coed Big Green are ranked No. 4 in the latest poll.