Bears Clinch Berth to Coed National Championship Finals

Bears Clinch Berth to Coed National Championship Finals

Norfolk, VA (May 30, 2018) – Today was the second and final day of the Semifinals for the Gill Coed National Championship, hosted by Old Dominion University. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation have been sailing on the Elizabeth River in front of the Old Dominion Sailing Center, for 18 spots in the championship Finals, which begin tomorrow, Thursday, May 31.

After suffering several double digit finishes on Tuesday, the Bears had some work to do to secure their spot in the finals. Unfortunately the wind did not cooperate in the beginning of the day, forcing competitors to wait on shore until the conditions were raceable. Finally a light northeasterly filled that allowed for six races to be completed per division.

In the first four races of the day, two in A-Division and two in B-Division, Coast Guard put 42 points on the scoreboard, making the point spread extremely close for the final qualifying spot. The Bears turned it on to finish the regatta, however, with five top-5 finishes in the last six races to solidify a qualifying berth.

Dana Rohde and Anna Morin finished eighth in A-Division with 81 points. Mack Fox and Brian Nelson were also eighth in B-Division with 72 points. 

The scoreboard is wiped clean for the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship Finals tomorrow. The first warning for racing is at 10 a.m. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy for the next two days.

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Top Nine Eastern Semifinals Final Results (9 races):
1. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 71
2. Roger Williams University, 98
3. Yale University, 99
4. U.S. Naval Academy, 109
5. College of Charleston, 114
6. Old Dominion University, 121
7. George Washington University, 127
8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 153
9. University of California Santa Barbara, 173

Top Nine Western Semifinal Final Results (9 races):
1. Boston College, 85
2. Dartmouth College, 86
3. University of South Florida, 96
4. Georgetown University, 103
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 113
6. Stanford University, 120
7. University of Rhode Island, 127
8. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 134
9. Eckerd College, 158