Women's Sailing Season Ends After 12th Place Finish in ICSA Semifinals

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Tufts University women's sailing team finished 12th out of 18 teams at the 2019 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Western Semifinals on Wednesday.

Only the top nine teams from the semifinals advance to the finals round on Thursday and Friday. Tufts had been eighth after one day of competition on Tuesday, but dropped to 12th in the final standings at the end of Wednesday.

Only five races were contested in both A and B divisions on Wednesday, bringing the total to 13 for the two days after eight were finished on Tuesday. The Tufts A team finished with a 115 score and the B's were 105 for a 220 total. They were 20 points behind the final-qualifying team William Smith who was ninth with a 113-87-200 scoring line.

Yale won the ICSA Western Semifinal with a 94 score (53 A's, 41 B's). Dartmouth, Charleston, MIT, Rhode Island, St. Mary's (Md.), Boston University and Cornell were also among the nine to advance.

For A division, sophomore Talia Toland skippered with two different crews on Wednesday. Sophomore Lindsay Powers handled the ninth and 10th races and freshman Ann Sheridan was on board for the 11th through 13th starts. The Jumbos finished 11th in A division.

In B's, sophomore Abbie Carlson skippered with seniors Sabrina Van Mell (9th and 10th races) and Taylor Hart (11-13) as crews. Tufts was ninth in the B's.

Both Tufts teams won the 13th and final race of the Semifinals on Wednesday, but did not have a finish better than 12th in the other four races.

An Eastern semifinal was also contested at the site. Nine teams from that competition – Brown, Boston College, Georgetown, Harvard, George Washington, Bowdon, South Florida, Penn and Stanford - also advanced to the 18-team finals round which starts Thursday.