October 8, 2009

Bowdoin Sailors Gain Momentum With Solid Finishes

Coach Pizzo's Report - October 8

Bowdoin kept its momentum rolling last weekend with several good finishes.

The Polar Bears finished third at the Hewitt Trophy at SailMaine in Portland on the shoulders of a division-winning performance by A team Alex Takata and Laura Heyl, supported by an all-freshman B division team of Alex Sutula, Zac Fox, and Isabel Low.

At the Smith Trophy at MIT in Techs, the largest college sailing event in the country in terms of number of teams, Bowdoin pulled off a 16th place finish among 26 teams. DJ Hatch and Mae Speight finished 19th in A division while Tom Charpentier and Katharine O’Brien took 11th in B division.

In combined divisions action at Central Series Four at Tufts in Larks, Bowdoin finished 11th and 12th of 22. The Polar Bears took 6th of 11 on the team score. Billy Rohman and Ben Berg sailed A division both days while Katie Doble and Leah Hughes sailed Saturday and Kat McNeil and Caitlin Beach sailed Sunday in B.

Doble, Hughes, McNeil, and Beach also saw action on alternate days at the Women’s Regis Bowl alongside Charlotte Williams and Coco Sprague in combined divisions at BU. The team finished 12th and 13th of 20 individually and 5th of 10 overall. The solid result boosted Bowdoin to #9 in the NEISA Women’s Rankings, just behind nationally ranked Conn College.

This weekend the Polar Bears hope to gain traction in the NEISA co-ed rankings with a good result at their home regatta, the Nicholas Barnett Trophy. Bowdoin has won the event in three of the last four years.