Oct. 29, 2001
Newport Harbor, Calif. -- The Stanford Women's Varsity Sailing Team showed their incredible depth and agility as the Cardinal dominated both A and B Divisions at this past weekend's Pacific Coast Fall Championship, hosted by UC Irvine. They were definitely marked as the team to beat after jumping up to No. 6 in the most recent National Collegiate Rankings. The Cardinal women were previously ranked eighth out of the top 15 women's teams across the country.
To take full advantage of the depth on the team, Stanford fielded two teams at the Women's Fall Championship. Sailing for Stanford 1 was A-Division sophomore skipper Jen Porter with sophomore crew Jessica Gray, who triumphed in A-winning with 8 first place finishes - earning a cushion of 20 points over their nearest competitors. In B-Division for Stanford 1, sophomore skipper Liz Shearer with sophomore crew Taylor Clark earned fifth in a tough B Fleet.
Sailing A-Division on Stanford's second team was sophomore Ashley Frush and crew sophomore Jenais Zarlin. The dynamic duo earned a close third in A, just two points behind Irvine's top team. "A-Division was the best practice for Ashley, who is off to sail the Collegiate Singlehandeds [National Championship] in one month," commented Coach Jay Kehoe. Proving that time and experience are important, senior skipper Rachael White finished a solid third in B-Division, with freshman Jessie Duncan as crew.
The Stanford 1 team finished 3rd overall, 8 points behind first place UC Irvine and 1 point behind second place and 2001 North American Champions Hawaii. Stanford 2 finished 4th overall, just 4 points behind Stanford 1. Behind Stanford's teams were California (4th), UC Santa Barbara (5th), Hawaii 2 (6th), UC Santa Cruz (7th).