Coed Sailing Places 15th at ICSA Gill National Dinghy Championship

Coed Sailing Places 15th at ICSA Gill National Dinghy Championship

Coed sailing has appeared at the ICSA National Dinghy Championship 15 times under head coach Mike O'Connor  (Athletic Communications).

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Harvard coed sailing team completed competition at the 2015 Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) Gill Coed National Dinghy Championship on Thursday, finishing the event in 15th place overall.

"While we are disappointed with our result, I am very proud of the effort this team put in all year," head coach Mike O'Connor stated. "They worked together and supported one another on the water and off. We are all also very grateful to our seniors. They have contributed to the team in very important ways. They cannot be replaced and will not be forgotten."

Yale won the team title with a total of 186 points, well ahead of Coast Guard (255), Boston College (265), College of Charleston (299) Georgetown (314) which rounded out the top five. The four-day event began on Monday with a total of 36 teams competing in the Eastern and Western semifinals, with the top nine teams from each semifinal advancing to the finals.

Harvard, which was competing in the national championship event for the 15th time under O'Connor, earned a berth into the finals after placing ninth in the Eastern semifinal despite cold and rainy conditions. The tandem of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky finished fifth overall in the B-division, including a pair of wins, two second-place results, and six top-five finishes through 15 races. The A-division combination of Brian Drumm and Jacob Bradt, meanwhile, was 10th in the division with two top-five placements.

Sailing conditions improved on Wednesday and Thursday for the finals as competition heated up. Harvard got off to a quick start on Wednesday with a win by Mollerus and Karnovsky and a third-place showing by Drumm and Bradt pulling the squad into sixth place through four races. The Crimson was unable to maintain that momentum throughout the day, however, slipping to 11th at days end despite a third-place result in the B-division's seventh race.

Harvard was steady on day two, tacking on four top-10 finishes to stay near the middle of the pack while switching out it's B-division lineup. Marek Zaleski and Becca Frankel teamed up for races 7-14, with Zaleski and Julie Lord taking to the water in races 15-18.