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Solid Start for Women at North Americans
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/30/2002

May 30, 2002

Keehi Lagoon, Hawaii - The Stanford Women's Sailing team got off to a solid start yesterday in the first two races of the 2002 North American Championship. A-Division duo Jen Porter and Jess Gray earned a 7, 2 in their first set, while B-Division combo Ashley Frush and Jenais Zarlin scored a solid 6, 8. Changing wind conditions over the next two sets of races saw numerous lead changes and caused the Cardinal Women to add some high scores to their point totals, "It was not a consistent day for anyone," Said Captain Kara Sweeney of the day's racing.

Wind during Wednesday's racing was dominated by a light thermal. By the late afternoon, the tradewind direction finally made it's appearance during an A-Division race, causing many lead changes for the fleet. The Cardinal sailors, who dominated in breeze at the PCC's were happy to see the wind pick up. For races 3-4, Sarah Zukerman and Kara Sweeney subbed in to crew in A and B Divisions respectively. But the breeze did not build to it's traditional 15-plus knots. So, in an effort to continue to adjust for the changing wind, Sweeney was swapped out for Zarlin in B-Division's races 5 &6.

The Cardinal Women stand in 10th place after the first 12 races. They sit poised to improve their scores in Thursday's predicted trade winds. "Competition here is as strong as it gets," remarked Sweeney, "Everyone's stepping up, and we definitely haven't filled in everything we have." The Stanford team sits 20 points out of the top 5 with 24 races to go (12 in A; 12 in B) in the three-day event. Competitors are sailing collegiate FJ's provided by host school U Hawaii, and spectating is superb from the Honolulu community College marine Education and Training Center on Keehi Lagoon on the south shore of Oahu.

Overall Results:         A-div B-div Total
 1. Old Dominion           31   14   45
 2. Hawaii                 26   28   54
 3. St. Marys              34   26   60
 4. Yale                   36   27   63
 5. Charleston             34   47   81
 6. Brown                  57   30   87
 7. Connecticut College    36   52   88
 8. Tufts                  30   61   91
 9. Georgetown             56   46  102
10. Stanford               53   52  105
11. Boston University      37   71  108
12. Hobart/WmSmith         82   38  120
13. South Florida          58   82  140
14. Wisconsin              97   72  169
15. Texas                  90   86  176
16. Michigan               83   97  180
17. Washington             88   96  184
18. Marquette             100  102  202

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