Bears Move Onto National Championship Finals

Bears Move Onto National Championship Finals

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (June 1, 2016) – Today was the second and final day of the semifinals for the Gill Coed National Championship, co-hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation have been sailing on North San Diego Bay by the Port of San Diego, for 18 spots in the championship finals, which begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 2. The 36 teams are divided into two fleets of 18 teams, Eastern and Western semifinal groups, the top nine from each fleet will make up the 18 teams who compete in the finals.
 
The teams are sailing in FJs and competing on windward-leeward courses with four legs.
 
Today racing started on time around 10:30 a.m. in a light southwesterly under grey skies. Temperatures were in the mid 60s. The winds remained around 5-10 knots and the westerly never fully filled in, so it stayed coming from a southwesterly direction, which is unlike the other days of racing.
 
The race officials got off as many races as they could given the time restriction completing six races in each division in each fleet, for a total of 12 races for the semifinals event. Racing wrapped up just before 5 p.m.
 
In the Eastern fleet Old Dominion University held onto their lead from yesterday, by winning a tiebreaker with St. Mary's College of Maryland today. The U.S. Naval Academy moved up the standings today to finish in third place.
 
"We used the same game plan today that we did yesterday," says Mitch Brindley head coach for Old Dominion, "And that was to keep it nice and simple."
 
"It was straightforward sailing today and we were able to give our starters a break and put some other sailors in," Brindley says. "We will plan to start fresh tomorrow."
 
Sailing for Old Dominion is Esteban Forrer '16, Gabriel Smith '17, Joseph David '16, and Katelyn Talley '16 in A-division and Augie Dale '18, Kaylie Gallagher '16, Jeremy Herrin '18 and Grace Mason '16 in B-division.
 
In the Western fleet Coast Guard was also able to hold onto their lead from yesterday and Georgetown University held onto second, while College of Charleston moved up to third place today.
 
"Semifinals is kind of about surviving and working out the kinks to advance through," says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown University. "We tried a few sailors in B-division to prepare for finals today and learn about the conditions."
 
"Tomorrow's racing will be twice as hard and it may the hardest this event has been in three or four years," Callahan says. "We will try and perform and limit the double digit finishes."
 
Sailing for Georgetown is Nevin Snow '16 and Meaghan MacRae '18 in A-division and Sean Golden '16, Campbell D'Eliscu '19, Roger Dorr '18, Isabelle Ruiz De Luzuriaga '16 and Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.
 
"The different wind direction today had us studying it closely," says Brian Swingly, head coach for Coast Guard. "We executed well today and studied all of the boats to try and keep our edge."
 
"There are 36 new races tomorrow and we will take it one at a time," says Swingly.
 
Sailing for Coast Guard is Avery Fanning '16 and Robert Turley '16 in A-division and Nikole Barnes '17 and Anna Morin '19 in B-division.
 
The US Sailing Grit Award is awarded to the teams who qualified for the finals in ninth place in each semifinal fleet; the recipients today were Fordham University in the Eastern fleet and the University of Pennsylvania in the Western fleet. Pennsylvania dropped into ninth after finishing yesterday in eighth, but Fordham was not qualifying yesterday, so they sailed their way into ninth with some single digit finishes today.
 
The scoreboard is wiped clean for the Gill Coed National Championship Finals tomorrow. The first warning for racing is at 10:30 a.m. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy (celebrating its 80th anniversary) over the next two days. 
 
Final Nine Teams Eastern Semifinal, Day 2:
1. Old Dominion University, 118*
2. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 118*
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 141
4. Boston College, 149
5. Stanford University, 150
6. Yale University, 153
7. University of South Florida, 156
8. Boston University, 199
9. Fordham University, 214
*Head-to-head tiebreaker
 
Final Nine Teams Western Semifinal, Day 2:
1. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 93
2. Georgetown University, 136
3. College of Charleston, 151
4. Brown University, 160
5. Roger Williams University, 164
6. Connecticut College, 166*
7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 166*
8. George Washington University, 170
9. University of Pennsylvania, 185
*Head-to-head tiebreaker