May 26, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - It has been a great year for Stanford Women's Sailing. Next week, the year will culminate at the ICSA Women's North American Championship, hosted by University of Texas in Austin. The top 18 teams from the seven college sailing districts will compete in the 3-day, 18-race event. Each school will field two divisions (A & B), whose scores will be combined for the low-point winner. The regatta will be contested in double-handed FJ dinghies.
Last year, the Cardinal Women Sailors finished 9th at the Nationals, with then sophomore/junior duo Liz Rountree/Julie Pitts winning B-Division. Rountree earned All-American honors for her performance over the '03-'04 year. This year she and Pitts return to battle in A-Division. "Our women have had an amazing year," explained Coach Jay Kehoe. "they've worked exceptionally hard, and know they can cap it off by winning a National Championship."
Sailing B-Division for the Cardinal are sophomores Caroline Young and Alexa Binns/Becca Levin. Young has won B-Division at every west coast event this year, and has finished to three at every back-east event. Young is looking for a solid performance to solidify her as an All-American this year.
Waiting in the wings are freshmen Evan Brown and crew Marianna Beardsworth. Brown/Beardsworth have a solid resume of top finishes in A-Division for the Cardinal, when the duo has subbed in for Rountree/Pitts. Along with sophomore and spare crew, Joanna Madsen.
Stanford has never won a Women's Doublehanded Nationals. Cardinal Sailing has won the Women's Singlehanded National Championship (2000, Anika Leersen '00), the Team Racing National Championship (1997) and the Men's Singlehanded National Championship (196, Basil Twist, Jr.'63). For more information about collegiate sailing and the ICSA National Championships, www.collegesailing.org.