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Stanford Qualifies For Nationals
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/28/2008

April 28, 2008

Geneva, NY- Hobart and William Smith Colleges hosted 18 of the top intercollegiate sailing teams this past weekend for the ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinal. Another 18 schools were competing simultaneously in Long Beach, CA out of the University of Southern California sailing team's home venue at the Western Semifinal. These events mark a first for college sailing, as this new format allowed for the most schools to ever compete in a single national championship with 36 teams vying for 18 spots in the finals.

Having already qualified from the Pacific Coast Sailing Conference for team racing and women's nationals in addition to this semifinals, the Stanford sailors went into this regatta poised to qualify for all three nationals for the second time in three years. The team started off the weekend strong, sitting in second place after 4 races in both A and B divisions. Needing to finish top 9 in the competitive field, Stanford could not let up, but could afford to sail somewhat conservatively as the regatta became shorter and shorter thanks to weather conditions in unpredictable upstate New York. In A division, seniors Edward Conrad and Carrie Denning sailed a consistent series to finish with 77 points in eight races, good enough for tenth. In B division, freshman Cole Hatton and sophomore Leigh Hammel won two of eight races, and finished second in three more to finish third in their division with a very impressive 30 points. Also on hand over the weekend for the Cardinal were senior Evan Brown, junior Kelly McKenna, and freshman Graham Todd. The team effort gave the Cardinal sailors a 6th place overall finish, a result the team can be happy with as they have another month to fine-tune their skills before nationals.

The next competition for the Cardinal is the women's national championships to be held in Newport, RI May 26-28. The women are currently ranked 4th in the nation. After the women's championships will be the team racing championships, also held in Newport, RI by Brown University, Salve Regina University, and the New York Yacht Club, May 30-June 1. The culminating event on the ICSA schedule is the coed dinghy Championship, which is to be held June 2-4. The Cardinal sailors will look to close out their already impressive year of results with a strong showing at these championships.

ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinal
Hobart and William Smith
April 26-27

A division = 8 Races
B division = 8 Races

1. Boston College 42 27 69
2. St. Mary's 59 23 82
3. Vermont 36 55 91
4. Conn College 59 38 97
5. U/Penn 54 46 100
6. Stanford 77 30 107
7. Harvard 39 73 112
8. HWS 51 75 126
9. Wisconsin 81 63 144
10. Washington College 61 89 150
11. Eckerd 78 79 157
12. Tufts 89 70 159
13. Florida 82 97 179
14. South Alabama 58 124 182
15. U/Washington 126 108 234
16. Michigan 125 110 235
17. Florida Atlantic 112 127 239
18. UC/San Diego 140 134 274



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