Nov. 9, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford Women's Sailing Team dominated this weekend's Pacific Coast Women's Fall Championship. "This victory was all about consistency," explained Head Coach Jay Kehoe. "We have a strong team, depth in both divisions and talent to spare," he continued. "It's what you need to win a national championship."
This annual event concludes the fall season for the Cardinal Women, who will hit the water again in February to gear up for Spring and June's National Championship. The two day, 28-race event (14 in A and B respectively) was hosted by UC Berkeley at the Treasure Island Sailing Center in San Francisco Bay November 6-7.
In A-Division, Liz Rountree '06 and Julie Pitts '05 finished 2nd, six points behind UCI's Lauren Maxam/Emily Hemberger. Rountree and Pitts were on their way to making up that six-point difference with a string of 1st and 2nd place finishes in the last three races.
In B-Division, Caroline Young '07 and Ali Salatti '05 showed skill and talent that drew comments from the other coaches and spectators. The girls' maneuvers in the boat rivaled the best coed sailors. "They were on," commented Kehoe, "their tacks, jibes, decision making and tactics were completely in tune with each other and the competition." They finished an impressive 12 points ahead of 2nd place USC.
Representing the depth that Coach Kehoe spoke of was a team of freshman competing as Stanford 2. Evan Brown and crew Mariana Beardsworth earned 5th in A, while Carrie Denning and crews Katherine Schlosser/Vicki Lung (the token senior) finished 7th in B. The Stanford 2 team finished 7th overall in the 9-team fleet.
Women's Fall Champs Results
|1. Stanford 1||44||32||76|
|2. UC Irvine||38||58||96|
|3. UC Santa Barbara||60||50||110|
|6. UC Berkeley||85||69||154|
|7. Stanford 2||68||93||161|
|8. UC San Diego||96||101||197|
|9. UC Santa Cruz||111||112||223|
For detailed results, see www.pciyra.org
This weekend, the coed team attends the fall championship, the annual North/South Regatta. This event is four divisions, two double-handed divisions sailing FJ dinghies and two single-handed divisions sailing Lasers. Scores are combined in the four divisions to determine the winner. Twenty teams are expected to attend, including out-of-district teams from Georgetown and U Washington, making this a tough event. National rankings and spring schedule picks are determined based on this event. The event will be held at Lake Isabella near Bakersfield, California.