Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MCSA Women's Championship

3rd Place Overall
On Friday, April 19, five of the Michigan Sailing Team's lady sailors headed to Dennison University for the 2013 Women's Dinghy Championship. In addition to being the MCSA women's championship, the regatta was a qualifier for the 2013 ICSA women's semi-finals for the teams placing 2nd and 3rd and the winner received a direct berth to nationals.  Seniors Kirsten Corneliussen and Rachel Barch, juniors Liz Wallace and Ellen Dubois, and freshman Heather Nowak arrived at the small campus Friday night in Granville, Ohio, and quickly went to sleep in order to rise and shine the next morning.

Despite a high of 45 degrees and a brief snow shower in the morning, the sailing conditions were excellent, with winds hovering between 10 and 20 knots despite the small size of the inland lake. After a total of 10 races per division were completed, the women's team comfortably secured a third place finish in both divisons and overall. This means that the women's team has qualified for semi-finals, which are to be held in St. Petersberg, Florida, May 21-22. 
-Heather Nowak '16