A quartet of women vies for its sixth championship since 2012 (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A quartet of Harvard sailors including Taylor Ladd, Kirstin Anderson, Taylor Gavula and Sydney Karnovsky travel to San Diego, California to compete in the ICSA Women's National Championship. The four-day regatta takes place from May 24-27.
About the College Sailing/Sperry's Women's Championship
The College Sailing/Sperry Women's Nationals is a four-day event. May 24-27 is the Women's National Semifinal Championship in which 36 schools compete to see which 18 will go to the finals. May 26-27 is the Championship in which the top 18 from the semifinals will compete for the College Sailing/Sperry Women's National Championship. The first round and the finals will be sailed in two divisions using a round-robin change-of-boat format with FJ dinghies.
The Crimson quartet qualified for the championship after finishing ninth out of 16 teams at the New England Women's Championship/Reed Trophy April 23-24 at the regatta hosted by Yale.
Projected Lineup: A-division: Taylor Ladd/Kirstin Anderson | B-division: Taylor Gavula/Sydney Karnovsky
Competitor's Briefing for First Round
Semifinal Day 1 First Warming
Semifinal Day 2 First Warming
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Reception & Competitor's Briefing for Finals
Finals Day 1 First Warming
Finals Day 2 First Warming
No Start Signal After
Awards immediately following race
SDYC Front Desk
SDYC Sail Wash Lawn
Harvard History at the Championship
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The women's squad traveling to San Diego will experience mild weather around mid-60's to 70's all week with only a 10-percent chance of rain on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The wind will vary between 12 mph Southwest, to 11 mph Northwest. All four days will see humidity between 60-percent and 70-percent.
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Last Time Out
Harvard tallied a 12th-place mark at the New England Championship/Coast Guard Alumni Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth in its last time on the water. As sailing was minimalized due to the weather, the two Crimson squads posted a combined three top-10 results at the eight-race regatta. The B-division of Marek Zaleski and Julia Lord tallied 38 points finishing 10th in the division, while the A-division of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky recorded 40 points for a 12th-place mark in the division.
Sail1Design ICSA College Team Race Rankings
The Sail1Design ICSA College Team Race Rankings, sponsored by Dynamic Dollies, are posted twice a month in the spring season only, and are determined on the college teams' performance in the team race regattas and through an average of the polling from the Team Race Ranking Staff. Harvard received its first team ranking on March 24, placing 10th and its second came on April 22, with a 12th-place mark.
By the Numbers
Harvard has raced in many different dinghies throughout the fall and spring season. Through 40 regattas, the Crimson has posted its best results sailing in Yngling, Radial, and J-70 vessels.
Multiple Types in Same Regatta
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SEAS Profile: Juan Carlos Perdomo, A.B. '18
Juan Carlos Perdomo was featured in a recent student profile by Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Related Link: SEAS Profile: Juan Perdomo, A.B. '18
Wrapping Up the Fall
At the conclusion of the fall season, Harvard's two squads produced 31 top-10 marks. Results included a title at the New England Men's Singlehanded Championship from Juan Carlos Perdomo and a fifth-place finish from Taylor Ladd at the New England Women's Singlehanded Championship, with both Perdomo and Ladd qualifying for the ICSA Championships. Perdomo recorded a runner-up finish at the men's championships, while Ladd tallied a 13th-place mark at the women's. Additionally, a vessel including Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt, and Ladd captured a first-place finish at the New England Match Race Championship qualifying them for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where the dinghy finished sixth.
This fall was the first time since 2000 that Harvard has had three vessels qualify for national championships:
- Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo breezed past 27 other sailors en route to the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. Perdomo was the fourth member of the Crimson to win the championship regatta and first since Kyle Kovacs '08 in 2008. The victory qualified Perdomo for the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship hosted by Old Dominion where he posted a runner-up finish.
- Sophomore Taylor Ladd clinched the last spot to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship after finishing fifth in the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship. Ladd was the first member of the Crimson to qualify for the regatta since Megan Watson '09 in 2008. She traveled to Old Dominion with Perdomo to compete in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship placing 13th.
- Skipper Nick Sertl and crews Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd captured a first-place finish at the New England Match Race Championship Oct. 17-18. The victory marked the first time since 2001 that the Crimson had won the regatta. The trio traveled to Norfolk, South Carolina for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where it tallied a sixth-place finish.
NEISA Coed Sailors of the Week
Junior Juan Carlos Perdomo was named NEISA Coed Sailor of the Week on Sept. 30 after being crowned champion of the NEISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. Teammates Nick Sertl, Jacob Bradt and Taylor Ladd were presented the honor as well after their victory at the New England Match Race Championship on Oct. 20. Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky were also named NEISA Coed Sailors of the Week on Oct. 14 for their first-place performance at the Moody Trophy and on Nov. 7 for their win at the Schell Trophy.
Sailing World College Rankings
Harvard began the fall season with a 13th-place rank on the Sailing World College Rankings as it quickly improved to sixth after two weeks of sailing. The Crimson reached its highest marking of fifth, on November 11th, after seeing Juan Carlos Perdomo finish as the runner-up at the ICSA Men's Singlehanded Championships and tallying five top-10 places after October 29.
Leading the Way
Head coach Michael O'Connor leads the sailing program in his 19th season at Harvard. Since he took over the Crimson program in 1997, Harvard has won a pair of national team race championships (2002, 2003), as well as a national coed championship (2003) and a women's national title (2005).
Aye Aye Captain
Junior Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj and sophomore Nick Sertl were named captains for the spring season. Sertl was part of the vessel that placed first at the New England Match Race Championship qualifying it for the ICSA Match Race National Championship where it recorded a sixth-place finish.
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