The Harvard sailing team competes in the New England Women's Championship this weekend at Brown, looking to replicate last season's top-two finish and land a spot in the national-championship regatta.
Coach O'Connor's Preview
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a video interview with Crimson head coach Mike O'Connor, who reviews Harvard's women's season so far and previews this weekend's action in Cranston, R.I.
The Crimson is one of 14 schools competing in the women's regatta Saturday and Sunday on Narragansett Bay. A finish in the top half of the field would land Harvard a trip to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Semifinals, while finishing first or second would guarantee the team a berth in the ICSA Women's National Championship.
Both the semifinal and final rounds of the ICSA women's regatta will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin May 25-28 on Lake Mendota in Madison, Wis.
The sophomore duo of Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper will represent Harvard in the A division, while senior captain Liz Powers and sophomore Marie Appel will sail in the B division.
Harvard's young women's squad has had somewhat of an up-and-down season but has proved itself as a regional and national contender in recent weeks and enters the New England regatta with a No. 5 ranking in the latest Sailing World collegiate poll.
The Crimson has placed sixth or better in each of its last three women's regattas, including a fifth-place finish in its last visit to Brown for the Dellenbaugh Trophy regatta April 3-4. In that event, Powers and Appel placed second out of 18 schools in the B division with seven top-five finishes in 14 races.
The A-division team of Lambert and Jumper took its turn at a second-place finish two weeks later, posting three races wins and 10 total finishes in the top seven out of 16 teams.
Looking Way Back
The Crimson placed second at last season's New England women's regatta. Powers, who now skippers Harvard's B-division entry, sailed in the A division as a crew last season, helping the Crimson place third. Lambert skippered Harvard's B-division tandem to a third-place showing of its own.