ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Second ranked Women's Sailing had a strong opening to their spring season, finishing second at the Navy Spring Women's Interconference hosted by the US Naval Academy. Only Stanford University bested the Bears in a close battle for the win during the final races of the regatta.
Cold temperatures and strong wind was the theme of the weekend for the twenty teams contesting this year's event. During the two days, the wind ranged from 10-25 knots and the temperature never got above 35 degrees. With ice forming on the boats and even on the competitors themselves during the course of most races, they were a true test of mental and physical strength.
Coast Guard relied on their speed and consistency across a range of conditions on their way to a podium position. Although the Bears often founds themselves on the wrong side of an unfavorable shift in the wind, they managed to finish within the top-10 in all but seven of the twenty-four races sailed.
Junior Dana Rohde and freshman Madelaine Ekin finished second in A-Division with 74 points, just three points shy of the divisional win. Sophomores Madelynn Widmeier and Anna Maria Vaccaro were 8th in B-Division with 108 points.
The team combined for 182 points and second overall. Stanford University took home the victory with 177 points. Yale University rounded out the top-3 with 183 points.
The Women's Sailing Team will return to action next weekend at the St. Mary's Women's Interconference hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland.