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Sailors Ready for Championship Rounds
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/09/2012

April 9, 2012

Stanford Sailing is the top qualifier for the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference's Championships starting this weekend. The coed Cardinal moved up to No. 2 nationally in the latest poll and sit at No. 8 in the women's division. Stanford is No. 5 in the team rankings.

The championship season begins when the Cardinal host the conference team race at its Redwood Shores facility on April 14 and 15. The women travel to Hawai'i for the women's championships on April 20 and 21.  The coed championships are on the Central Coast April 28 and 29.

The Cardinal have reached all three national championships in each season since 2008.  The Cardinal have won the last seven consecutive PCCSC women's titles, the last four-straight spring team races, and the last two coed races.

Stanford is the top seed out of the North, winning four of five regional regattas and finishing with a low of six points. Santa Clara was second with 17 points, followed by Cal's 19 points. USC was the top team out of the South with 10 points, followed by UC Santa Barbara (13) and UC Irvine (16). Twelve teams make up each championship round.

Sally Mace and her crew of Helena Scutt, as well as Molly McKinney and her crew of Kaitlyn Baab won the Bryson Women's and the South Florida women's races this spring and are the Cardinal's top female sailors. The duo was also fourth at the Navy's women's invite. McKinney also won the PCCSC singlehanded championships in the fall. Eliza Richartz won the fall conference championships with Kaitlyn Baab, as Stanford swept the three fall championships.

Kevin Laube skippered the Cardinal to a win at the PCCSC fall coed championships, before skippering the Cardinal to a third place showing at the Boston Dinghy Cup last month.  Mateo Vargas and Tally Buckstaff were also sailing at the Boston Dinghy Cup, as Vargas was coming off a PCCSC singlehanded championship and fourth place national showing in the fall.

Hans Henken was a part of four wins in regional regattas this spring along with his crew of Natalie Urban. The duo was also second at the College of Charleston regatta in February.

Kieran Chung-Wolf skippered the Cardinal to wins on the West Coast with a crew of Yuri Namikawa. The duo was also a part of the winning fall coed title winning team with Laube. Michael Dahl skippered the Cardinal to three regional wins this season as well.

In team racing, an event that has three boats from one team racing against three from another with the lowest combined score winning, Vargas, Laube and Toole skippered the Cardinal to a second place showing at the Bavier race in Charleston and a third place showing at the St. Mary's race in March.

The national championships are May 30-June 8 at Lake Travis in Texas, starting with the women and continuing with team racing and finishing off with coed sailing.

National Team Rankings: http://www.sail1design.com/rankings/icsa-rankings
Coed and Women's Rankings: http://www.sailingworld.com/racing/college/sailing-worlds-college-rankings-april-4-2012

PCCSC Team Race Championship for the Carter Ford Trophy
Stanford University
April 14-15, 2012

PCCSC Women's Championship for the inaugural Charlie Dole Memorial Trophy
University of Hawaii
April 20-21, 2012

PCCSC Coed Dinghy Championship for the Healy Plaque
University of California Santa Barbara
April 28-29, 2012

ICSA/Sperry Top-Sider Women's Nationals
University of Texas/Austin Yacht Club
Lake Travis, TX
May 30-June 2, 2012

ICSA/APS Team Race Nationals
University of Texas/Austin Yacht Club
Lake Travis, TX
June 3-5, 2012

ICSA/Gill Coed Nationals
University of Texas/Austin Yacht Club
Lake Travis, TX
June 6-8, 2012


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