The Hobart and William Smith sailing team is currently competing in its final event of the collegiate racing season, the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship. Last week, the William Smith sailing team finished ninth out of 18 teams at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s Dinghy National Championship. The Herons, who were making their 11th appearance in the championship, matched the program’s best finish (1999, 2001).
Ranked 12th in the latest Sailing World college rankings, William Smith was one of 18 teams to earn a berth in the ICSA Women’s Dinghy Semifinals that were scheduled for May 25-26, but no wind materialized and regatta organizers were forced to progress nine teams to the finals without a single race being sailed. Instead, conference results were used to complete the championship field. The Herons, by virtue of a third place effort in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Women’s Championship, were the first MAISA team to earn a berth in the finals.
The wind filled in enough for 10 races to be completed on Thursday, but abandoned the racers again on Friday. In the B Division, Kelly Crane and Meghan Jordan produced three top-four performances and only finished outside the top-10 once in the series to finish seventh. In the A Division, Caroline Patten and Emily Pelo were 12th.
The College of Charleston won the national championship with a regatta low score of 84, 25 points better than runner-up Boston College.
In the photo above Emily Pelo’10 is featured. The photo was taken by Finger Lakes Times photographer Gabrielle Plucknette.