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31 May 2001, 10:14 am
Defending Champion Dartmouth College Holds Narrow Lead
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ICSA Women's North American Championships

Dartmouth College Big Green finished the second day of the 2001 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association North American Women's Championship in first place with 138 points.
St Mary's College of Maryland trails closely in second with 139 points, followed by the University of Hawaii with 142.

The three-day event is being co-hosted by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. Todayâs wind consisted of a shifty northwest breeze ranging from 5-15 knots. Two squalls passed through the racecourse, forcing sailors, spectators, and regatta organizers to work hard to adapt to changing condition. Seven races were completed today, and thirteen of eighteen planned races have now been completed. For the first nine races, the A-division sailed Johnson FJs, while the B-division sailed Parker Larks. After nine races, the divisions switched fleets.

Defending champion Dartmouth College remains intent on repeating. The Big Greenâs Assistant Coach Brian Stanford attributed their success to keeping a positive mental attitude.ä The A-division team of seniors Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Leslie Sandberg (Colchester, Conn.) has 81 points, including one first-place finish. Dartmouth's B-division, consisting of junior skipper Jen Morgan (Shoreline, Wash.) and junior crew Esther Freeman (Newton, Mass.) has 57 points, enough for a two-point lead in their division.

Trailing the Big Green by just one point is St. Maryâs College of Maryland. The Seahawks have done well by ãjust going out and sailing and knowing the other division is doing well,ä according to Coach Adam Werblow. Having two boats that trust each other is valuable in such a long regatta. St. Maryâs placed sixth in last yearâs championship, and the young team continues to improve. The A-division team of sophomore skipper Ali Sharp (Gaitlinburg, Tenn.) and junior crew Mikaela King (Saunderstown, R.I.) have 80 points, good for fourth in division. Freshman Melissa Deveney (Frederick, Md.) crewed for Sharp in races 11 and 12. The Seahawksâ B-division is in second place with 59 points thanks to consistent performance from sophomore skipper Jamie Smith (West River, Md.) and freshman crew Jen Vandermoer (Centerville, Md.).

First-day leader, University of Hawaii, is in third place with 142 points. Skipper Molly OâBryan (Class of 2002, San Diego, Calif.), and crews, sophomore Sarah Hitchcock (Dartmouth, Mass.) and freshman Renee DeCurtis (Redondo Beach, Calif.) are leading the A-division with a 64-point total, including four first place finishes. O'Bryan has sailed in three straight ICSA Womenâs Championships, placing fifth in the A-division in 2000. The Rainbowsâ B-division has 78 points. Freshman skipper Marin Diskant (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and junior crew Melody Torres (Bakersfield, Calif.) sailed all races except the eighth, where freshman Jennifer Warnock (San Diego, Calif.) skippered, with DeCurtis crewing.
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