Coed sailing earns No. 16 ranking

| 10/7/09 10:00pm
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by Larissa Cespedes and Larissa Cespedes / The Dartmouth

Battling through tough weather conditions, the Dartmouth coed sailing team posted several strong finishes last weekend launching the previously unranked team to a No. 16 national ranking. With the ranking, the team joins the No.8 ranked women's team, who notched a second-place finish this weekend.

The Big Green sent three coed boats to the Danmark Trophy, which was hosted by the Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in New London, Conn. Sam Williams '12 and Sarah Freihoffer '10 sailed in the A Division for the Big Green, while the B Division was split by the pairs of Ed Jude Glackin '11 and Ali Hiller '11, and Bernie Roesler '12 and Rocky Merchant '12.

Dartmouth placed 11th out of 20 teams at the regatta. First-place finisher Yale won handily, finishing 36 points ahead of second-place finisher Boston College. Georgetown University finished third.

Williams said the team was content with its performance, considering the level of competition at the regatta.

"The depth of competition at this regatta made it one of the most stacked events of the fall. Almost all of the top teams in the nation were there," he said. "We were definitely pleased with our result."

The Big Green's finish at the Danmark Trophy helped elevate the coed squad into the nation's top-20 rankings for the first time in two years.

"The coed team is on the verge of breaking into the top tier of teams in the country," Williams said. "We're working really hard through the middle of the season now, so we'll be ready to really compete at the ACC's and hopefully reestablish ourselves as a top team in the country."

The coed team also competed in the Hewitt Trophy at the University of South Maine over the weekend.

At that regatta, the team notched a victory, securing first place in a field of 11 teams. Dartmouth easily beat out second-place finisher University of New Hampshire. Bowdoin College sailed into third place.

Charlie Knape '10 and Christina Clark '10 sailed in the A Division, while Peter Hughes '11 and Matt Habig '13 sailed in the B division for Dartmouth.

"We're really ecstatic about how our weekend fared in both regattas. We just have to take it one regatta at a time in order to establish ourselves as a powerhouse," Williams said.

The women's team was also on the water this weekend, competing at the Finger Lakes Intersectional on Cornell's Lake Cayuga.

The Big Green finished second out of 12 teams.

Becca Dellenbaugh '10 and Rachel Moncton '12 sailed in the A Division, while Chandler Salisbury '13 and Stephanie Gagnon '10 competed in the B Division for the Big Green.

The women remain ranked in the top ten nationally, holding a firm grip on their No. 8 spot.

The Big Green will now look to build on these strong performances, as the team heads into the Storm Trysail Big Boat Regatta in Larchmont, N.Y., and the Casco Bay Open at Bowdoin College. Both races will take place on Saturday.