Women's Sailing Finishes Third in Eastern Semifinals and Qualifies for National Final

Women's Sailing Finishes Third in Eastern Semifinals and Qualifies for National Final

THE BASICS:

- Results: 3rd of 18 - 135 Points 

- Location: Norfolk, Va. (Old Dominion University) 

- The Lead: The MIT women's sailing team finished third overall at the 2018 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Eastern Semifinals this afternoon and has qualified for the National Final which will begin tomorrow morning.

Yale took first, Hobart & William Smith finished second and MIT claimed third. The other qualifiers for the National Final include Brown (4th), Boston University (5th), Rhode Island (6th), Stanford (7th), George Washington (8th) and Connecticut College (9th). 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The A Division boat sailed by juniors Annie Hughes (Guilford, Conn.), Tiffany Xi (Foster City, Calif.) and Sarah Caso (Duxbury, Mass.) took sixth with 86 points. The trio won rotation nine and came across the line second in the opening rotation. In all, Hughes, Xi and Caso finished inside the top-10 ten out of twelve races to help the Engineers qualify for the National Final. Hughes served as the skipper for the entire regatta, while Xi and Caso served as the crews.

- In the B Division, senior Greta Farrell (Huntington, N.Y.), sophomore Brooke McGoldrick (Southport, Conn.) as well as freshmen Emily Haig (Beach Haven, N.J.) and Kalia Pfrang (Suffolk, Va.) were edged by Yale by seven points for the B Division title and the quartet accumulated 49 points over the past two days. They won rotation nine and finished inside the top-3 in seven of twelve races this week.

UP NEXT:

- MIT begins competition in the National Final tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. at Old Dominion University. The regatta will last until Friday so stay tuned for a full recap once all of the races have been completed.

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