AUSTIN, Texas—The Harvard women's sailing team finished eighth at the Sperry Top-Sider/Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championships, which concluded Saturday on Lake Travis.
The Crimson, which qualified for the national semifinals with a seventh-place New England finish, placed sixth in the ICSA women's semifinals Wednesday and Thursday on Lake Travis, one of nine teams to advance to the final regatta. Harvard proceeded to finish in the top half of the 18-school field.
"I'm proud of the girls for working as hard as they did and for playing their best regatta of the year in the most important one," head coach Mike O'Connor said. "I'm really proud of the way they performed against such tough competition. They worked hard and were focused in preparation for this regatta, and they really improved."
Boston College claimed the national championship with 142 points over 13 races in two divisions. Harvard placed eighth in each division to total 218 points, just eight back of College of Charleston and Navy, who tied for sixth before the Cougars' tiebreaker win. The Crimson finished 18 points ahead of ninth-place Brown. Yale, Rhode Island, Georgetown and Connecticut College followed BC in the top five of the overall standings.
Senior skipper Emily Lambert and sophomore crew Isabel Ruane teamed up in the A division, registering 105 points, 14 fewer than ninth-place Charleston and 18 more than Yale and South Florida. Georgetown won the division with 51 points. Lambert and Ruane finished in the top half of the field in eight of 13 races, placing fourth on four occasions and sixth in three races.
"Emily and Ruane did a nice job in A division," O'Connor said. "They were able to rebound in some key situations and make some really good comebacks, which is what kept us in contention for a top-six finish right until the end."
A lineup switch heading into the national semifinals yielded strong results, as senior crew Alexandra Jumper joined sophomore skipper Morgan Russom in the B division. The duo placed recorded 113 points. They placed in the top eight on seven occasions, including a win in the division's second race Thursday afternoon. Russom and Jumper edged Dartmouth for eighth in the division standings and trailed seventh-place Georgetown by eight points. Yale totaled 49 points in a division-winning effort.
"Moving Alex made a big difference, and Morgan had her best regatta of the year by far," O'Connor said. "Our execution was more consistent."
The Crimson stood second after just six total races were sailed on the first day of the regatta and sixth at the end of Friday. Harvard nearly pulled off the top-six finish, but a good start by Charleston and Navy in the final race allowed the Cougars and Mids to edge ahead of the Crimson.
Boston College 142
Rhode Island 150
Connecticut College 187
College of Charleston 210
South Florida 242
St. Mary's (Md.) 278
Western Washington 413