COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Stanford is in fourth place after the first day of racing Thursday at the Gill Coed Championship finals.
Competing among a field of 18 teams, the Cardinal posted 152 points in nine races in division-A and 10 heats in division-B. Yale leads the group with 87 points, followed by Tufts (135) and Georgetown (141).
Stanford had a balanced showing in divisions A and B, registering 76 points in each group.
Kieran Chung and Haley Kirk sailed in division-A and placed fifth. The duo recorded six top-10 finishes, including four in the top five. Chung and Kirk opened the day with a fifth place result but ran into some difficulty, placing 10th and 18th in their next two races. The pair got back on track with a third-place finish in the fourth heat and a second-place result in the fifth.
After placing 13th in the sixth race, Chung and Kirk righted the ship with a third-place finish in the seventh frame. The duo finished the day with 12th and 10th place finishes.
After a 12th-place result in the first race, Laube and Namikawa found their groove finishing in the top-10 in the next five heats. The duo placed first in the second race and ninth in the third. The team reeled off consecutive sixth-place finishes in the fourth and fifth stanzas before notching a second-place result in the sixth frame.
Laube and Namikawa had a minor hiccup with a 14th-place finish in the seventh race but rebounded quickly, picking up their second victory on the day with a first-place result in the eighth heat. The pair concluded the day by placing ninth and 16th in their final two races.
Stanford will look to close the gap on the leaders Friday as racing concludes. Live updates can be followed via collegesailing.org.