Leading from start to finish, the Old Dominion University (ODU) Monarchs won the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s North American Championship with 168 points.
Defending champion and regatta host, University of Hawaii placed second with 177 points. St. Mary's College of Maryland followed in third with 195 points.
Old Dominion began the final day with a 27-point lead, but Hawaii quickly closed the gap, trailing by just two points after 16 races. Following a dramatic final set, ODU emerged with their third Women's Championship, having previously won the title in 1982 and 1987. ICSA President Mitch Brindley (Smithfield, Va.) remarked, "I think it was a great event. It was exciting that it came down to the last two races." Four races were held in each division today, for a total of 18 per division over the past three
days. The Monarchs' average finish was 4.7.
Shifty five to ten knot tradewinds challenged competitors for the final day. Air and water temperatures were again in the eighties. Races were run from the Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center. A variety of courses were used, all variations of windward-leewards or
triangles. Sailors raced Vanguard Flying Juniors (FJs) provided by the hosts. Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.) is a partner in the ICSA Growth and Development Project. The Women's ICSA/Ronstan All-America Sailing Team will be announced at tonight's banquet at the Waikiki Elks
In addition to winning the overall title, ODU won the A-division with a 62-point total. Senior skipper Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), a returning All-American, teamed with sophomore crew Cara Gibbons-Neff (Annapolis, Md.)
and junior crew Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.). Barkow attributed her team's victory to, "intensity and team work. All year long, we never let down." The Monarchs placed fifth in B-division with 106 points. Junior skipper
Corrie Clement (Metarie, La.), who received Honorable Mention distinction last year, sailed with freshman Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) and junior Elizabeth Bower (Fairport, N.Y.)
The University of Hawaii won last year's event in Cambridge, Mass. and was hoping to repeat in their home waters. The Rainbow Wahine's vocal cheering section could be heard every time their boat rounded a mark. Coach Jesse
Andrews (Kaneohe, Hawaii) said, "ODU sailed an awesome regatta. We were able to come back today, but they finished off strong. Second place is a tough accomplishment and I'm proud of the team." Senior Molly O'Bryan (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Sarah Hitchcock (South Dartmouth, Mass.), both returning All-Americans, were second in the A-division with 79 points. Hawaii's B-division team finished in fourth place with 98 points.
Sophomores Renee Decurtis (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Jennifer Warnock (San Diego, Calif.) skippered, while senior Melody Torres (Bakersfield, Calif.) and sophomore Lindsay Peters (Fargo, N.D.) crewed.
St. Mary's College of Maryland finished in third place with 195 points. Junior skipper Ali Sharp (Gatlinburg, Tenn. remarked, "Congratulations to ODU; they sailed a great regatta." She commended her Mid-Atlantic district neighbors, saying, "I hate to lose, but if I'm going to lose, it's better that the team I lose to is also from MAISA." Sharp sailed with sophomore Melissa Deveney (Frederick, Md.) and senior Sarah McCarron (Chicago, Ill.) in the A-division. With 105 points, the Seahawks finished fifth in A-division. 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.) to a third place finish with 90 points. Sharp, Smith and Anderson are returning All-Americans.
With 85 points, Brown University won the B-division. The Brown Bears finished in fourth place overall with 233 points. Junior Emma Lichtenstein (Jamestown, R.I.) sailed with junior Marisa Ihara (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and freshman Louise Sherman (Tiburon, Calif.) to win the B-division by a three point margin.
Overall Results: A-div B-div Total
1. Old Dominion 62 106 168
2. Hawaii 79 98 177
3. St. Marys 105 90 195
4. Brown 148 85 233
5. Yale 150 88 238
6. Tufts 92 155 247
7. Charleston 105 163 268
8. Connecticut College 125 148 273
9. Boston University 142 145 287
10. Georgetown 183 135 318
11. Stanford 152 189 341
12. Hobart/WmSmith 235 140 375
13. South Florida 169 213 382
14. Washington 240 260 500
15. Wisconsin 277 241 518
16. Texas 274 259 533
17. Michigan 266 272 538
18. Marquette 275 294 569