William Smith College sailors secured a spot in the ICSA Women’s National Championship, finishing in ninth place in the national semifinals in Annapolis, Md., on May 27-28. The Herons secured the final qualifying spot from the Eastern semifinal this afternoon.
The semifinals are divided into two fleets, an Eastern and Western semifinal, each with fourteen teams from across the nation. The top nine teams from each fleet advance to the finals which begin on Thursday, May 29. National championship racing starts at 9 a.m.
On Day 1, the Eastern fleet sailed six races in the A Division and four in the B Division due to threatening weather. The semifinals were completed today. In the A Division, seniorArielle deLisser and sophomore Allison Aughtry represented William Smith. The pair finished with 63 points, taking seventh place after a head-to-head tiebreaker with MIT. deLisser and Aughtry finished in the top five four times including one victory.
In the B Division, seniors Brooke Lyon, Adele Huffine and Jane Rew came in ninth place. The Herons closed out racing in the B Division with a victory in their 10th and final race.
MIT and the University of Rhode Island finished tied with 90 points. After the head-to-head tie break the Engineers took first. Boston College and Old Dominion were tied with 106 points, but the Eagles claimed third and the Monarchs took fourth after the head-to-head tiebreak. Stanford, Brown, Georgetown and Eckerd rounded out the qualifying teams from the Eastern fleet.
Following racing, Head Coach Scott Ikle was presented with the Graham Hall Award for outstanding service by a college sailing professional. The team also earned the US Sailing Grit Award.
This will be the 15th time the Colleges have earned a spot in the national championship event since 1999.