April 10, 2012

Schwitzer and Okawa Honored as Women's Sailing Places Third at President's Trophy

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Two members of the Bowdoin women's sailing team were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association on Tuesday as the Polar Bears continued their record-setting spring campaign last weekend.

First-year Kaylee Schwitzer (Annapolis, Md.) and sophomore Ayaka Okawa (Nagoya, Japan) recognized as the NEISA Women's Sailors of the Week after winning the A-division at the President's Trophy last weekend, helping the Polar Bears to a 3rd place overall finish.  It marks the first A-division win for Schwitzer/Okawa, who posted just one score out of the top five in the twelve races sailed and allowed them to top the talented A-division field. Lizzy Hamilton and Isabel Low raced in the B-division for the Polar Bears.

The team is currently ranked 11th in the latest national poll, the highest-ever in program history.

Bowdoin's co-ed team also placed 10th at Central Series hosted by Harvard last weekend. Sarah Fiske and Emily McNeil sailed A-division while Ben Mende and Elise Engquist sailed B-division for the Polar Bears.

The women's team will head to Coast Guard this weekend for The Emily Wick Trophy while the co-ed team will compete at the New England Fleet Race Championship at Harvard.