BRUNSWICK, Maine - For the first time since 2003, the Bowdoin College women's sailing team has cracked Sailing World's College Rankings. Thanks to a strong start to the campaign, the Polar Bears vaulted to 10th in the national poll.
The ranking is a result of several strong showings over the first three weeks of the season. The women's team was seventh at MIT, third at Dartmouth and eighth at Boston University, but has shown some extraordinary depth for so early in the fall. Eight different sailors contributed to the finishes as the MIT and Dartmouth events were piloted by Katie Doble, Kim Dempsey, Ayaka Okawa, and Kaylee Schwitzer. The BU event was sailed by Emily McNeil, Isabel Low, Charlotte Williamson, and Lizzy Hamilton.
Schwitzer will compete at the Yale Singlehanded Championship event this coming weekend. The next big event for the full women's team will be at the Navy Women's Fall Race on October 8.
As a team, Bowdoin will host the Hewitt Trophy this at the Bethel Point Sailing Center. A very large field will feature 16 squads from around New England. Competition begins at 9:30 on Saturday and continues through Sunday.