Harvard Sails on to Women's Nationals with Runner-Up NE Finish
Lambert and Jumper were remarkably consistent in their second-place A-division finish (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CRANSTON, R.I.—The Harvard sailing team earned its second straight second-place finish at the New England Women's Championship over the weekend on Narragansett Bay, advancing directly to the national regatta.
Host Brown finished with 80 points, 16 fewer than Harvard, to earn the Reed Trophy as New England champion, but the Crimson edged third-place Boston College for the final direct trip to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship. The Eagles, Connecticut College, Tufts, Yale and Dartmouth advanced to the ICSA Women's National Semifinals. The semifinals and final will be held May 25-28 at Wisconsin.
Entering the final race in each division, BC looked to be in position to top Harvard, but the Crimson's A-division duo of Emily Lambert and Alexandra Jumper finished second in their final race, two spots ahead of the Eagles, while Liz Powers and Marie Appel placed eighth, beating BC by three positions.
Lambert and Jumper were the overall runners-up in the A division. They bookended the weekend's 10 races with second-place finishes and only once placed outside the top four in a 14-school field. Powers and Appel placed fifth in the B division, winning twice and totaling five top-three finishes.
Harvard also placed second in racing for the Priddy Trophy in the New England Freshman Championship. Ryan Byrne and Alma Lafler competed in a 14-team, 14-race, single-division regatta at Massachusetts Maritime. They had three wins and two second-place showings to total 73 points.
The Crimson also placed sixth in the Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard, seventh at the Boston University Trophy and fourth at the Northeastern Invitational.