Harvard Sailing Begins ICSA Nationals Wednesday in Austin

Harvard Sailing Begins ICSA Nationals Wednesday in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas - The Harvard sailing team kicks off the spring nationals by competing in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship Wednesday and Thursday on a Lake Travis. Fans can follow the action via live video and Twitter feed, both in the Sperry Top-Sider's women's national regatta and the Gill Dinghy national regatta, held May 30-31 and June 6-8, respectively.

Both Harvard squads are coming off some of their top performances of the season in the national qualifying regattas and are set to compete for national titles against schools from across the nation.

Follow from Home
Live video from the race course is available on the 2012 Sperry Top-Sider Women's Regatta, while this Twitter feed will feature updates as the racing progresses. Results will be updated on the TechScore results page.

History Lesson
The Crimson has won five national championships in women's sailing: in 1968, '69, '70, '72 and 2005. Harvard has won four coed dinghy titles: in 1952, '53, '59 and '74. The Crimson also won back-to-back team racing championships in 2002 and '03.

ICSA Women's National Championship
The women's championship field includes 18 of the top-teams around the country. The Harvard women earned a seventh-place finish at the New England Women's Championship, held in April. The A division paring of seniors Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper helped guide the as the duo had 15 single-digit finishes in 17 races. The tandem concluded the weekend in fifth place in the A division with 117 points. In the B division, the trio of sophomores Morgan Russom, Caitlin Watson and Isabel Ruane finished regatta strong, placing top 10 the last five races and taking 10th in the group with 154 points. Host Boston College took top honors in the event, with Yale and Brown rounding out the top-three.

Last Season
Harvard placed 10th in the A division and fifth in the B division for seventh overall at the 2011 ICSA Women's National Championship. Seniors Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper sailed in the A group while sophomores Morgan Russom and Isabel Ruane competed in the B division. Harvard totaled 112 points as a team, seven more than sixth-place Old Dominion and 13 more than fifth-place Yale. Rhode Island captured the national title with 83 points, followed by Connecticut College (93), St. Mary's (95) and Brown (97).

ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship
Harvard's coed team will compete at the Gill Coed Dinghy national championship on June 6-8 in a field of 18 of the Eastern and Western finalists. To get to the event Harvard ascended up the standings in the Western semifinal regatta to finish third at the ICSA regional championship held in Annapolis, Md. Both the A and B division teams had sterling Sundays as the squads recorded single-digit finishes in nine out of 10 races.

Senior Brendan Kopp, sophomore Sarah Pierson and freshman Brian Drumm  split time in the A-division as the trio had 11 top-10 finishes, including a key first and second place finishes on the regatta's final two races helping Harvard secure a share of third place in the A division with 84 points. In the B group Senior Emily Lambert and freshman Reid Bergsund split time with sophomore Sarah Pierson and freshman Brian Drumm. The quartet also recorded 11 top-10 finishes giving the squad 102 points, and fifth place in the B group.  The Miami Hurricanes earned the top spot in the regatta while Yale edged Harvard for second.

Last Season
The Harvard coed sailing team came in third at the 2011 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy national championship 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.

The Crimson 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.

Kopp/Pierson Are Honored
Senior Brendan Kopp and sophomore Sarah Pierson were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association today as both received All-NEISA coed first-team accolades. Kopp was named to the first team skippers group while Pierson was included in the first team crew category.

Kopp and Pierson have been a reliable duo for the Crimson this season as the tandem has sailed in four regattas together this spring. Their biggest moment of 2012 came on April 14-15 when the two helped lift Harvard to its first New England Dinghy Championship in 11 years. The tandem in the A division recorded single-digit finishes in 13 of 18 races including placing top-thee in seven races during the weekend. Kopp and Pierson tallied 110 points, combined with the B-division score of 121; Harvard secured a total of 235, nine points better than second-place Rogers Williams. Harvard proved to come up big down the stretch as the duo placed first in the final four races to help deliver the victory.