This year, William Smith College sailors secured their best finish in program history at the ICSA Women’s National Championship, taking seventh out of 18 teams on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md. The Herons were making their 15th appearance at the event since 1999.
William Smith qualified for championship racing, finishing in ninth place in the Eastern semifinals which were held earlier. Nine other teams qualified for the championship from the Western semifinal.
The Herons rounded out the first day of championship racing in sixth place with 167 points after 10 races in both the A and B Division. Championship racing finished up this afternoon with seven more races in each division. William Smith logged a total of 296 points, just five points out of sixth place.
In the A Division, senior Arielle deLisser and sophomore Allison Aughtry sailed to a fifth place finish, just six points shy of fourth place Coast Guard Academy. The pair posted six finishes in the top four, including one victory in their third race of the championship.
Seniors Brooke Lyon and Jane Rew finished with Navy with 163 points in the B Division. The Herons took eighth after dropping the head-to-head tiebreaker with Navy. Lyon and Rew logged five finishes in the top five and earned two victories.
Dartmouth won the national championship, claiming the Gerald C Miller Trophy. Yale took second place and Navy rounded out the top three.
Previously William Smith had finished ninth at the Women’s National Championship in 2010 and 2001.