Sailing's Toland Finishes as Runner-Up at NEISA Single-handed Championship

Freshman Talia Toland was the New England runner-up

BRISTOL, RI - Freshman Talia Toland of the Tufts University sailing team was a close second at the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Sailing Assocation (NEISA) Women's Single-handed Championship hosted by Roger Williams University on Saturday and Sunday.

With the runner-up finish, Toland earned one of the six NEISA bids into the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) single-handed national championship coming up November 3-4 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Toland was in the lead after Saturday's action before dropping to second place on Sunday. Nine races were contested on Saturday before light wind on Sunday resulted in just two starts for 11 races overall. With finishes totaling to 49, Toland was runner-up to NEISA Single-handed champion Dana Rohde from Coast Guard (47). Toland won a tie-breaker for second place against Boston University's Anna Weis by virtue of their head-to-head results.

The Tufts freshman had a strong finish to her day on Saturday with a second in the seventh race and then wins in the eighth and ninth races. She had a 32 score through nine starts. She lost the lead on Sunday with a fifth place in the 10th race and a 12th in the 11th.

Tufts senior Molly Pleskus and freshman Lindsay Powers also competed at the NEISA single-handed regatta. Pleskus placed 11th with a 119 score and Powers was 15th at 137.

Brown's Lindsey Baab, Boston College's Sophia Reineke, and Yale's Louisa Nordstrom will join Toland, Rohde and Weis at the ICSA national championship as top six finishers in New England.

Racing at the NEISA Championship got underway around noon on Saturday with a 10-13 knot northerly breeze that tapered as the day went on and strong ebbing tide. Unfortunately, Sunday did not provide the conditions to complete a full second round of competition.

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