Sept. 25, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Varsity Sailors Junior Dave Kenny and Sophomore Ashley Frush finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Pacific Coast Singlehanded Championships. These top 2 finishes qualify them for the Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Sailing Association's Singlehanded North American Championships to be held November 16-18 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
To earn her 2nd in the Women's Division, Frush competed in a 14' Laser Radial Sailboat against 14 other women from U Hawaii, UCSB, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and UCSD. Also competing were Stanford sophomore Liz Shearer and junior Jen Porter, who finished 6th and 10th respectively. "Ashley got better and better as the breeze picked up during the day," explained Coach Jay Kehoe.
Defending his title from this same event last year, Kenny dominated the 16 boats in the mens fleet. The event was sailed in 14' Laser Sailboats. "We were sailing in open water, which put a premium on boatspeed," said Kenny. Able to take the lead in the last few races, Kenny stayed ahead of the field of competitors from U Hawaii, USC, Irvine, UCSB, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UCSD and Cal Maritime.
These two Stanford sailors will represent the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Sailing Association at the elite North American Championship in November, where a total of sixteen men and sixteen women will represent the six districts of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Additional PCISA reps are both from U Hawaii.
Note: ICSA holds North American Championships, since some Canadian schools participate in ICSA. History...Stanford's Annika Leersen '00 won the Women's Singlehanded North Americans in 2000 @ Newport, RI.