NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Dana Rohde finished third at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship to earn her third trip to the ICSA Women's National Championship, which will take place in Galveston, Texas on November 5-6. Rohde, who finished third at the National Championship during her freshman year, will once again be a favorite for a podium position.
For the first time in 2016, the New England Men's and Women's Singlehanded Championships were held as a combined event on the same racecourse with two separate starts. Hosted by Connecticut College out of the Mitchell College Beach, all the top singlehanded sailors from the conference were in attendance to compete not only for the conference title but also for berths to the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship. Five berths for the women and four for the men were on the line.
Both days provided excellent racing conditions on Long Island Sound racecourse, which was situated just northeast of the New London Ledge Lighthouse. The race committee completed fourteen races in the men's division and thirteen in the women's division.
All five Bear sailors – Madelynn Widmeier, Emily Wright, Paul Didham, Andrew Widmeier, and Rohde – kept themselves within sight of a qualifying berth for most of the event. Each had multiple top-5 finishes and sailed a strong event against the conference's elite. Ultimately, however, it was only Rohde who was able to get the job done, drawing on her past experience when in mattered most in the closing races of the regatta.
"I was impressed with how well our young sailors performed at this event, for some of them their first college sailing experience," commented head coach Brian Swingly. "Dana sailed an excellent event. They will learn from her and will aid her in her preparation for Nationals. We have a bright future in singlehanded sailing."
Rohde finished with 56 points and finished outside the top-5 only three times during the event. She will represent New England along with regatta winner Erika Reineke from Boston College, Brown's Lindsay Baab who finished in second, fourth place Isabella Loosbrock from Boston College, and fifth place Louisa Nordstrom from Yale. Wright finished seventh with 95 points and Widmeier finished ninth with 111 points.
In the men's division, Tufts' Alp Rodolpman won the event with just 44 points. He will be joined by Nicolas Baird and Malcolm Lamphere from Yale and Scott Rasmussen from Boston College, who finished second through fourth respectively. Didham finished 10th with 133 points and Widmeier finished 11th with 134 points.
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