Ladd Qualifies for Sailing Singlehanded Nationals; Coed Team Places Third in Three Regattas

Ladd Qualifies for Sailing Singlehanded Nationals; Coed Team Places Third in Three Regattas

Ladd is the first Crimson to qualify for the ICSA Women's National Singlehanded Championship since 2008 (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Taylor Ladd clinched the last spot to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship by finishing fifth at the NEISA Woman's Singlehanded Championship over the weekend. Ladd will sail at Old Dominion for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championship from Nov. 6-8.

Ladd topped her 12th-place performance from last season at the championship by recording top-10 finishes in all six races. Due to the rough weather conditions, the regatta was shortened to one day, making Ladd's attention to detail extremely important as she totaled 40 points at Boston College. Ladd is the first member of the Crimson to qualify for the women's singlehanded national championship since Megan Watson '09 in 2008.

Freshman Taylor Gavula also competed in the singlehanded championship, putting her first collegiate championship under her belt by posting a ninth-place finish. Gavula tallied 55 points, including three top-10 results.

At the second Harvard Invitational of the year, the Crimson raced against 11 teams for a combined total of 35 points. Skipper Andrew Puopolo and crew Catherine Tang of the A-division sailed to six top-five finishes, while Nick Karnovsky and Ari Gross added another six in the B-division.

The Crimson also placed third at the Danmark Trophy hosted by Coast Guard. Captains Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky recorded six top-five marks while Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord plugged three of their own totaling 132 points against the 18 teams.

Harvard sailed to a third-place finish at the Mystic Lake Invite which featured 12 teams sailing in Larks through six races. The Crimson pairings of Dylan Farrell in the A-division and Christine Gosioco and Andrew Puopolo and Catherine Tang in the B-division totaled nine top-five finishes combining for 49 points.

Pairings at the George Warren Smith Trophy clinched a fifth-place finish out of 15 teams sailing in NC Firefly dinghies. The B-division pairing of Jackson Wagner and Olivia Kjorlien led the way by posting 10 top-five victories. A-division skipper Nick DiGiovanni and crew Priscilla Russo added six of top-five results of their own, combining for a total of 170 points.

Harvard returns to the water from Oct. 10-11, Harvard travels to Rhode Island to compete in the Moody Trophy sailing in two divisions in FJ vessels.