SAN FRANCISCO-The Harvard women's sailing team finished its season with a 10th-place finish at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship, and senior captain Megan Watson capped her career with selection to the ICSA Women's All-America team.
Watson and junior Liz Powers placed 10th in the A division in the national regatta, hosted Monday through Wednesday by Stanford and the St. Francis Yacht Club. Harvard also placed 10th in the B division, with freshman Emily Lambert sailing alongside classmate Alexandra Jumper and junior Michelle Konstadt.
With 133 points in the A division and 136 in the B division, the Crimson totaled 269 points, 20 more than ninth-place Connecticut College and 28 fewer than Boston University in 11th. Yale won the national title with 148 points. Harvard was one of nine teams that competed only in the two-day final portion of the regatta. The other nine advanced from Monday's semifinal round.
Racing 14 times over two days, Watson and Powers finished in the top half of the field on nine occasions. They finished with their best performance of the event, placing fifth in the final race. Lambert and Jumper had three fifth-place finishes and placed in the top half of the field in seven of the last 10 races.
Watson, a three-time All-New England selection, earned All-America honorable mention in 2007 before being selected to the top All-America squad this year. She competed twice at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship, placing 12th this season, and twice at the ICSA Women's National Championship. She was a three-time selection as NEISA Sailor of the Week this season.
Harvard has two national-championship regattas remaining in San Francisco. The Crimson competes at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship Friday through Sunday and the ICSA/Gill National Dinghy Championship Monday through Wednesday.
ICSA Women's All-America
Allison Blecher, Jr., College of Charleston
Sydney Bolger, Fr., Georgetown
Katherine Hagemann, Sr., Yale
Anne Haeger, Fr., Boston College
Jane Macky, Sr., Yale
Megan Magill, So., St. Mary's (Md.)
Andrea Savage, Sr., College of Charleston
Megan Watson, Sr., Harvard
ICSA Women's All-America Honorable Mention
Leigh Kempton, Sr., Boston College
Martha Pitt, Sr., Boston College
Stephanie Roble, So., Old Dominion
Maggie Shea, So., Connecticut College
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