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30 May 2002, 01:38 pm
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ICSA Women's North American Championship
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Old Dominion Monarchs finished the first day of the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's North American Championship in first place with 45 points.

Regatta host and defending champion University of Hawaii is in second place with 54 points. With 60 points, St. Mary's College of Maryland is in third.

Eighty-degree air and water temperatures greeted the sailors for six races in each division. Races were held in the waters of the Keehi Lagoon on the south shore of Oahu. Spectating has been superb from the Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center. Today's breeze began with southerly thermal winds before northeast tradewinds filled in around 3:30 PM local time for the final set of races. Wind speeds ranged from 5-15 knots all day. The regatta continues Thursday and Friday, with eighteen races planned in each division. Sailors are racing Vanguard Flying Juniors (FJs) provided by the hosts. Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.) is a partner in the ICSA Growth and Development Project.

Old Dominion University attributes their early lead to the, "depth and determination of our women's team: on-the water and off-the-water training," according to coach Mark Zagol. (Plymouth, Mass.) In the A-division, senior skipper Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) teamed with sophomore crew Cara Gibbons-Neff (Annapolis, Md.) for four races and junior crew Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) for two. Their 31-point total places them third in division. With 14 points, the Monarchs are winning the B-division. Junior skipper Corrie Clement (Metarie, La.) has teamed with freshman Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) and junior Elizabeth Bower (Fairport, N.Y.) Barkow is a returning All-American, while Smith was an Honorable Mention recpient.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine won last year's contest in Cambridge, Mass. and, in second place, are in an excellent position to repeat in their home waters. Senior Molly O'Bryan (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Sarah Hitchcock (South Dartmouth, Mass.), both returning All-Americans, are leading the A-division with 26 points. Hawaii's B-division team is in fourth place with 28 points. Sophomores Renee Decurtis (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Jennifer Warnock (San Diego, Calif.) have skippered, while senior Melody Torres (Bakersfield, Calif.) and sophomore Lindsay Peters (Fargo, N.D.) crewed. Coach Andy Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) summed up his team's performance by saying they are, "well prepared for the event and happy to be sailing at home."

St. Mary's College of Maryland is in third place with 60 points. "Heavy air practice is paying off," according to coach Geoff Becker (Annapolis, Md.). The Seahawks are in fifth place in A-division with 34 points. Junior skipper Ali Sharp (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) has sailed with sophomore Melissa Deveney (Frederick, Md.) and senior Sarah McCarron (Chicago, Ill.). With 26 points, St. Mary's is in second place in the B-division. Junior skipper Jamie Smith (West River, Md.) teamed with senior Leah Anderson (Larchmont, N.Y.) and sophomore Genevieve Parr (Baltimore, Md.). Sharp, Smith and Anderson are returning All-Americans.

Overall Results: A-div B-div Total
1. Old Dominion 31 14 45
2. Hawaii 26 28 54
3. St. Marys 34 26 60
4. Yale 36 27 63
5. Charleston 34 47 81
6. Brown 57 30 87
7. Connecticut College 36 52 88
8. Tufts 30 61 91
9. Georgetown 56 46 102
10. Stanford 53 52 105
11. Boston University 37 71 108
12. Hobart/WmSmith 82 38 120
13. South Florida 58 82 140
14. Wisconsin 97 72 169
15. Texas 90 86 176
16. Michigan 83 97 180
17. Washington 88 96 184
18. Marquette 100 102 202

Eighteen teams qualified to sail in the regatta through regional eliminations. Teams Entered in the ICSA Women's North American Championship at Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu, Hawaii are: Boston University (Boston, Mass.), Brown University (Providence, R.I.), College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), Connecticut College (New London, Conn.), Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, N.Y.), Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.), St. Mary's College (St. Mary's City, Md.), Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.), Tufts University (Medford, Mass.), University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), University of South Florida (St. Petersburg, Fla.), University of Texas (Austin, Texas), University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.), University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)
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