Barnes, Morin, Rohde, and Herring Earn All-NEISA Awards

Barnes, Morin, Rohde, and Herring Earn All-NEISA Awards

New Haven, Conn.—The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) recently announced 2015-2016 awards for women's sailing, with four members of the Coast Guard Academy team making the list. Nikole Barnes was named a First Team All-NEISA Skipper and NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year. Dana Rohde was also named a First Team All-NEISA Skipper. Anna Morin was named a First Team All-NEISA Crew and Hannah Herring was named a Second Team All-NEISA Crew.

After winning A-Division at the 2016 Women's New England Championship, Nikole Barnes remains undefeated in women's competition for the 2015-2016 season. Her A-Division victories include the Stu Nelson Trophy, the Yale Women's Interconference, and the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. After a record breaking year, Barnes was named a First Team All-NEISA Skipper and the distinction of the first Coast Guard sailor to be named the NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year.

"This honor of being NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year was only possible because of the long hours on the water, the endless discussions with coaches on and off the water, and sailing with the best and most hardworking teammates," commented Barnes. "While this is a great honor, the team isn't finished yet and if anything it's another motivator to reach our final goal of winning nationals."

Barnes was also quick to congratulate her teammate and regular crew, Anna Morin, who was right by her side all season at every women's event. Morin also won A-Division at the Stu Nelson Trophy, Yale Women's Interconference, the Mrs. Hurst Bowl, and the 2016 Women's New England Championship. She was named a First Team All-NEISA Crew.

Dana Rohde had several top finishes across multiple disciplines during the 2015-2016, including two podium finishes at conference championships. Rohde won B-Division at the 2016 Women's New England Championship and finished second at the 2015 Women's Singlehanded New England Championship. The latter advanced her to the Women's Singlehanded National Championship where she finished eighth. Rohde also won B-Division at the Yale Women's Interconference and finished second in B-Division at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. After being last year's NEISA Rookie of the Year, this year she was named an All-NEISA First Team Skipper.

Hannah Herring, who sailed with a few different skippers in both coed and women's competition, was alongside Rohde for all of her doublehanded events. She too won B-Division at the 2016 Women's New England Championship and at the Yale Women's. She finished second in B-Division at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. She was named a Second Team All-NEISA Crew.

The Coast Guard women's sailing team, with these four athletes leading the charge, has advanced to the 2016 Women's National Championship Semi-Finals in San Diego, CA. The competition begins on May 24.