Jumper (left) and Lambert finished in the top five in three of the first five races Thursday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
MADISON, Wis.—The Harvard sailing team placed sixth in the B division and ninth in the A division on the way to a seventh-place team finish at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women’s National Championship Thursday and Friday on Lake Mendota.
The Crimson totaled 163 points as a team, just one point out of sixth place in a field of 18 top teams from across the nation. Harvard had five fewer points than eighth-place St. Mary’s. College of Charleston won the national title with 84 points, 25 fewer than its nearest competitor. The Crimson was 15 points outside the top five and 32 away from the top three.
“I’m proud of our team,” said head coach Mike O’Connor. “They did a good job keeping focus in difficult conditions. If we had gotten in one more race, we would have had a good chance to finish in the top five, which is a nice accomplishment at this level of competition.”
Senior Liz Powers and sophomore Marie Appel won two B-division races and had a streak of seven straight finishing seventh or better.
The event was hampered by a lack of wind. The two-day semifinal round was not sailed, and only two races were sailed Friday for a total of 10 in each of the two divisions. The Crimson had a good showing in the 11th A-division race and was off to a good start in the B race, but there was not time to finish the contest after a general recall.
Sophomores Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper represented the Crimson in the A division. The duo placed in the top half of the field in six of 10 races. The opened the competition with a runner-up finish and placed in the top five on two other occasions.