STANFORD, Calif. – Six Stanford sailors earned All-America honors this week, marking the most in a single season in program history, as announced by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
The Cardinal had two representatives in each of the three categories of All-Americans, including coed, crew and women’s.
Kieran Chung was named a coed All-American and was joined by Kevin Laube who received honorable mention honors. The duo is coming off an impressive performance at the Gill Coed Championship where they helped Stanford earn its highest finish in program history, placing fourth among 18 teams.
Yuri Namikawa and Carolyn Ortel earned crew All-America honors. The award is the third of Ortel’s career and is the first of Namikawa’s. The pair had a busy 10 days at nationals this spring with Namikawa competing in all three competitions and Ortel racing in the APS Team Race and Gill Coed Championship. Ortel and Namikawa helped Stanford earned its first podium finish at the team race championship since 1996.
Sarah Mace and Molly McKinney notched women’s All-American honorable mention accolades. It is the second award for Mace, also earning recognition in 2012, and the first for McKinney. The pair helped lead Stanford to a 12th-place finish at the Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Nationals and their contributions throughout the season guided Stanford to a second-place result in the Fowle Trophy.
The ICSA All-America Team is selected by a committee of coaches who represent the seven conferences in the ICSA. The committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in inter-conference competition as well as conference and national championships to select All-American skippers. For All-American crew selections, the committee also considers demonstrated leadership, outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills along with results.