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Harvard Sailing Set for National Semis at Navy

Harvard coed sailing will look to qualify for the national title this weekend as it will compete at the 2012 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Semi-Finals. (Gil Talbot) 

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The New England-champion Harvard coed sailing team will look to earn a shot at a national title when it competes at the 2012 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Semi-Finals Saturday and Sunday at United States Naval Academy.

The Particulars
The Crimson will be competing in the Western Semi-Final against 17 other top teams from across the country. A top-nine finish is needed to qualify for the 2012 ICSA/Gill National Dinghy Championship June 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

Follow From Home
Live results will be available here, and this Livestream feed provides videos, photos and other updates. More information is available on the regatta's official website, and fans can also follow the ICSA Twitter account.

New England Champion
Harvard needed only a top-eight finish at the New England Dinghy Championship to advance, but the Crimson topped the 18-school field to win its first New England coed dinghy title since 2001. Led by a first-place performance in the A division from Brendan Kopp and Sarah Pierson, Harvard got smooth sailing throughout and a strong finish to the regatta to defeat runner-up Roger Williams by nine points. Emily Lambert and Brian Drumm placed fifth in the B division.

Last Season
The Crimson sailed to a runner-up finish at the 2011 ICSA Eastern semi in Long Beach, Calif., to advance to the national regatta. Then-seniors Alan Palmer '11 and Quincy Bock '11 led the way with a second-place finish in the A division. Harvard went on to a third-place national finish, its second straight year in the ICSA top three.

All-New England
Harvard's A-division duo of Brendan Kopp and Sarah Pierson earned All-New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association honors. Kopp was a first-team skipper, and Pierson was a first-team crew.

On the Women's Side
The Crimson coed sailors are looking to join the women's squad at the national regatta. The Harvard women earned a trip to Austin with their seventh-place showing at the New England Women's Championship in April.