May 23, 2008
The Stanford sailing team heads back east to compete in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's National Championships. The Spring Championships begin Monday May 26 in the legendary waters of Naraganset Bay off Newport, R.I. The two-weeks of competition will be jointly hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University, and the New York Yacht Club.
No. 13-ranked Stanford is one of only six programs in the nation to qualify for all three of the ICSA Spring Championships. This is the second time in Head Coach Kehoe's tenure with Stanford that they have accomplished this.
The competition begins with the ICSA Women's Nationals where the Cardinal placed third last season. This season the fourth-ranked team from Stanford will look to better that result.
"We have a tough and well practiced team that is ready for any condition the weather gods throw at us," said Head Coach Jay Kehoe. "This is the best women's team I have coached since I arrived at Stanford in 2001."
The Cardinal Women have fared well against the top competition in the nation, including No. 2 St. Mary's of Maryland and No. 1 College of Charleston. The Cardinal are led by A-Division skipper Evan Brown, who's successful year on the water makes her one of the finalists for Women's College sailor of the year. Brown's crew, Kelly McKenna earned All-American Honors last year. B-Division skipper Taylor Grimes has won and finished 5th in B-division since her freshman year. Grimes will sail with accomplished crew Sarah Schoknecht.
The ICSA Women's Championship will be Mon.-Wed., May 26-28. Following will be the ICSA/APS Team Racing National Championship, contested from Fri.-Sun., May 30-June 1. The final event is the ICSA Coed Dinghy Championship, which takes place Mon.-Wed., June 2-4.
Race-by-race results will be posted on the web at www.collegesailing.org.