HANOVER, N.H.—Second ranked Coast Guard Academy Women's Sailing Team won the 2016 Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth College over local rival University of Rhode Island. This is the Bear's third straight year in a row winning the fall interconference event and positions them well going into this weekend's conference championship.
Fall returned to New England with low temperatures and strong wind that provided excellent conditions for this year's addition of the Mrs. Hurst Bowl. The regatta, named after long-time supporter of Dartmouth sailing, annually pits the top contenders in New England against one another. Sixteen races were completed throughout the weekend in wind that ranged from 12-25 knots. The conditions demanded consistency across a wide range, which the Bears were able to accomplish.
Senior Nikole Barnes with freshmen Emily Wright and Madelaine Ekin finished second in A-Division with 66 points. They had only two races outside of the top-10 during the entire series. Juniors Dana Rohde and Hannah Herring were second in B-Division with 81 points. They posted ten top-5 finishes and only finished outside of the top-10 once.
Despite the occasional surge from the University of Rhode Island Rams, Coast Guard maintained control of the regatta from start to finish, continuing the dominance that they displayed during last year's campaign. They won the event by seven points over URI, finishing with a combined 147 points. The Brown University Bears rounded out the top-3 with 179 points.
"Our main goal for this event was to improve, which we did," explained assistant coach Chris Klevan. "We experimented with a few different combinations this weekend across all of our events, which will strengthen the team as a whole. Winning was a huge bonus and shows we're making good progress."
Coast Guard will host the 2016 Fall New England Championships this upcoming weekend. The Coed Championship, the Erwin Schell Trophy, will qualify eight teams to the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship. Seven teams will advance out of the Women's Championship, the Victorian Coffee Urn.