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

Kaylee Schwitzer and Ayaka Okawa earned their second NEISA Sailor of the Week honor of the year

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.