Smooth Sailing in SoCal: Harvard Places Second, Advances to Nationals

Bock and Palmer sailed Saturday on the way to a runner-up A-division finish (photo courtesy Rob Migliaccio).
Bock and Palmer sailed Saturday on the way to a runner-up A-division finish (photo courtesy Rob Migliaccio).
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LONG BEACH, Calif.—The Harvard coed sailing team advanced to the national championship regatta in impressive fashion, placing second in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Eastern Semifinal over the weekend at the United States Sailing Center.

Needing just a top-half finish among 18 competing teams to advance to the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, the Crimson trailed only Georgetown in the final standings. The national regatta takes place May 30-June 1 in Cascade Locks, Ore. Harvard, last year's national runner-up, is seeking its fifth coed dinghy national title.

The Crimson placed second in the A division and third in the B division for a total of 104 points, trailing the Hoyas by just five. Harvard finished 22 points ahead of third-place Navy and 121 ahead of 10th-place Florida, the top-finishing non-qualifier. The Crimson and Hoyas battled for the top spot throughout the second day of sailing. Harvard led most of the way, but both Georgetown boats finished in the top four of their final races to clinch the regatta win.

Also advancing from the Eastern Semifinal were College of Charleston, Stanford, Brown, Tufts, Connecticut College and Old Dominion. Moving on from the Western Semifinal were Boston College, Yale, Roger Williams, South Florida, St. Mary's, Miami, Hobart/William Smith, Eckerd and Rhode Island.

Alan Palmer and Quincy Bock totaled just 42 points in 12 races, five off the pace of Georgetown's A-division duo, for second place. The Harvard pair won four races, totaled six top-three finishes and did not finish outside the top third of the field until the final race Sunday.

Harvard missed the B-division title by just two points, placing third with 62, two points behind Charleston and one back of Navy. With John Stokes and Meghan Wareham sailing the first 10 races before Bock and Tedd Himler handled the final two, the Crimson was among the top five finishers in nine of 12 races. Harvard finished outside the top eight just once, and Himler and Bock won the penultimate race of the division.

Back home on the Charles River, Harvard competed in the George Morris Trophy. The Crimson finished 11th, led by a 10th-place showing in the A division by Colin Santangelo and Sarah Pierson. Ryan Byrne and Alice Kenney finished 11th in the B division.