AUSTIN, Texas--The Harvard women's sailing team is in fourth place after one day of the Sperry-Topsider/Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship semifinals on Lake Travis.
The Crimson is seeking a top-nine finish to qualify for the final round of competition, which is slated to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday if conditions allow for completion of the semifinals Thursday morning. Nine teams have already qualified. The A division completed eight races Wednesday while the B division completed six.
"The conditions today were very nice and the breeze stayed pretty steady, 11 to 12 knots with not too much chop," Mike O'Connor, Harvard head coach of Harvard told the ICSA after racing concluded Wednesday. He said the shifts were pretty visible on the course and nothing like the dramatic shifts they are used to seeing where they sail on the Charles River. Sailing for Harvard were Emily Lambert and Isabel Ruane in the A division and Morgan Russom and Alexandra Jumper in the B division.
Harvard is happy to be sitting in fourth place after the first day of racing, a qualifying position, but O'Connor says they hope to move up in the standings tomorrow. After a couple of difficult starts and a few missteps on the course in the middle of the day, the Harvard sailors were able to shake it off and come back with better finishes, O'Connor said.
The scores are close with the top two teams, the College of Charleston and Connecticut College, only one point apart, 70 and 71 points respectively. Rhode Island and Harvard are tied with 89 points, with the Rams ahead on a tiebreaker. Dartmouth is only two points behind Rhode Island and Harvard with 91 points in fifth place.
Top Nine Teams, Day 1
1. College of Charleston
2. Connecticut College
3. Rhode Island
8. St. Mary's (Md.)
9. Hobart and William Smith
Watch live media coverage of the final day of the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's Semifinal on May 31 by clicking on the Live Media link at 2012nationals.collegesailing.org. The University of Texas will provide daily text and photo updates for each of the regattas and Chris Love Productions will provide video highlights, presented by Maclaren.