Crimson Finishes 10th at Coed Dinghy Nationals

Crimson Finishes 10th at Coed Dinghy Nationals

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SAN FRANCISCO-The Harvard sailing team completed its season with a 10th-place finish in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship Monday through Wednesday at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

It was the third top-10 national finish of the trip for the Crimson, which also placed 10th in the ICSA Women's National Championship and took sixth in the ICSA Team Race National Championship.  Harvard repeated its 2008 coed dinghy finish.

Harvard placed ninth in the B division and 15th in the A division, totaling 167 and 195 points, respectively, for a total of 362. The Crimson finished five points behind ninth-place SUNY Maritime and four ahead of South Florida in 11th place.

St. Mary's (Md.) used strong sailing on the first and third days to claim the coed dinghy national title with 179 points. Yale, Georgetown, Old Dominion and Boston College rounded out the top five schools in the field of the nation's 18 best.

The Crimson used a team approach, with six sailors seeing time in the A-division boat and four competing in the B division. Senior Jon Garrity led the way, skippering six B-division races and sailing with sophomore Tedd Himler in the other 12. Junior Winston Yan and sophomore Grace Charles also saw time at crew.

Harvard got off to a slow start in the B division, but earned top-five finishing in six of the final 12 races. The Crimson registered three third-place finishes and in the final six competitions crossed the finish no worse than eighth. Harvard finished four points back of Boston University in eighth place in the division and was 26 points better than 10th-place Tufts.

Sophomore Alan Palmer skippered the first 10 and final six A-division races for Harvard, with sophomore John Stokes stepping in for the other two races. Stokes crewed four races himself, while juniors Yan and Michelle Konstadt handled those duties in six and three races, respectively. Quincy Bock crewed three races, while fellow sophomore Meghan Wareham crewed two.

The Crimson posted four top-five finishes in the A division. Palmer and Konstadt opened the regatta with a fifth-place showing, and he and Stokes won the eighth race. Palmer and Yan later recorded a runner-up finish and a third-place showing in a three-race span. Harvard finished with four more points than Stanford and only six more than 11th-place Hobart/William Smith. Eckerd finished directly behind the Crimson in the A division, with 24 more points.

Harvard reached the ICSA/Gill National Championship with seventh-place finishes in the New England Dinghy Championship and the ICSA National Semifinals.