Women's Sailing Starts at National Semifinals in Newport on Tuesday

MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's sailing team will race at the 2019 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) / Sperry Western Semifinals starting on Tuesday in Newport, Rhode Island.

The national semi-finals are divided into two 18-team regattas contested on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top nine teams from each group will then advance to the finals round – an 18-boat regatta, which will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Tufts will compete against Boston University, Charleston, Cornell, Dartmouth, Jacksonville, MIT, Northwestern, Old Dominion, St. Mary's, Cal-Berkeley, Minnesota, Rhode Island, USC, Texas, Western Washington, William Smith and Yale in the Western semis. The Eastern semis include Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Coast Guard, Eckerd, Fordham, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulane, Navy, UC Santa Barbara, Michigan, Penn, South Florida and Washington.

These teams have qualified from their conferences to compete in this portion of the championship, which is being held at Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center located inside Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Jumbos earned New England's 11th and final berth into the national semifinals with their finish at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Championship on April 20-21.

The line-up for the Jumbos will have sophomore skipper Talia Toland with freshman crew Ann Sheridan in A division and freshman skipper Abbie Carlson with senior crew Taylor Hart for B division. The alternates will be senior Sabina Van Mell and sophomore Lindsay Powers.

This is the third straight year Tufts has qualified for the ICSA championship. Toland skippered in B division and Hart crewed in A's when Tufts was 12th in the semifinal last season. In 2017 Tufts advanced out of the semifinal and was 14th in the final.

Follow live results of the ICSA Women's Championship at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s19/sperry-women-west-semis/.