Crimson Sailing Places Third at ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship

Lafler and Himler closed the regatta and the season with a B-division victory (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Lafler and Himler closed the regatta and the season with a B-division victory (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

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CASCADE LOCKS, Ore.—The Harvard sailing team capped its season with a third-place finish in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship on the Columbia River Gorge.

The Crimson placed second in the B division and sixth in the A division to total 190 points in 14 races against an 18-team field, just two back of runner-up Hobart/William Smith and 29 behind repeat champion Boston College. Harvard finished 13 points clear of fourth-place Georgetown for its second straight top-three finish. St. Mary's rounded out the top five with 210 points.

"I am very, very proud of the team, all year and how they executed at this event," head coach Mike O'Connor said. "We had a shot at getting second, but we are happy where we finished, and we are in good company in the top three."

Harvard came into the final day of the season in second place behind BC. Ten races were sailed Wednesday, and the Eagles sealed the regatta with six top-five finishes and back-to-back wins to wrap up A-division competition.

The Crimson, meanwhile, got a strong performance from its B-division squad. Harvard opened and closed the day with B-division wins and had five top-five finishes in six races in that division. John Stokes, Tedd Himler, Meghan Wareham, Quincy Bock and Alma Lafler represented Harvard in the B division, finishing with 75 points, nine more than division-winner BC.

Alan Palmer skippered for Harvard in the A division, with help from Bock, Lafler and Ryan Byrne at crew. They finished sixth of 18 with 115 points. Georgetown won the division, but BC's third-place finish was enough to secure the national championship.