Sept. 11, 2007
Stanford, Calif -
After the most successful season in Cardinal sailing history, Stanford finds itself among the top six teams in the nation in both women's and coed divisions in the 2007-08 preseason polls.
Led by seventh year head coach Jay Kehoe, the Cardinal enters the season as favorites to repeat as district and conference champions and contenders for national honors.
A year ago, Stanford placed fourth in the Fowle Trophy award, won a national championship in singlehanded sailing, had five sailors named All-American and recorded top finishes at four of six Intercollegiate National Championships.
"We are one of the strongest teams in the conference, " said Kehoe. "While we lost some of our top sailors off last year's team, we have an outstanding freshman class. They will be asked to take on major roles for us this season."
Despite the loss of Brian Haines and Emery Wager, Kehoe will count on senior skippers Edward Conrad and All-American Evan Brown to lead the team. Freshman Cole Hatton, Alexandra Dunlap and Graham Todd are all experienced junior sailors who will be asked to play prominent roles for the Cardinal this season.
"We lost a lot of talented seniors last year," says Kehoe, "but I'm excited about our freshman class and what they bring to our program. Hatton led his high school team to a national championship. He has the pedigree. We're going to ask him to step into a big role right away."
As for the crew, All-American junior Kelly McKenna, and seniors Carrie Denning and Sara Schoknecht will lead the way. "We are an experienced team with a little youth mixed in," says Kehoe.
Kehoe is looking to not only defend their conference championship in 2008, but put Stanford sailing among the elite programs in the nation. "Consistency in team racing" is an area of emphasis for the Cardinal in 2007-08.
Under Kehoe, Stanford has continued to assert itself as one of the nation's top sailing programs. The Cardinal has won three national championship trophies and placed in at least four of the six Intercollegiate National Championship divisions for the last six seasons.
The Cardinal's 2007-08 version includes returning All-Americans, and experienced crew and a talented crop of newcomers - which adds up to Stanford challenging for top honors at the national championships.