Gill Coed National Championship - Semi-finals Day 2

Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD.
Brian Schneider
Today was the second and final day of the Semi-Finals for the Gill Coed National Championship, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation competed on the St. Mary’s River in St. Mary’s City, Md. for 18 spots in the championship finals, which begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 5th. The 36 teams are divided into two fleets of 18 teams, Western and Eastern Semi-Final groups, the top nine from each fleet will make up the 18 teams who compete in the finals.

Today the Eastern fleet sailed in 420s and the Western fleet sailed in FJs. This morning, the A-divisions sailed on windward leeward four leg courses and the B-divisions sailed on inner and outer trapezoid courses. This afternoon all of the 420s sailed on the outer trapezoid course and all of the FJs sailed on the inner trapezoid course.

Racing began at 9:30 this morning. The temperature was in the high 70s and the winds were puffy and shifty from the northwest at about five - ten knots. The winds slowly died around 12:30 p.m. and after completing two races in each division in each fleet, the sailors waited on shore for the wind to fill in.

Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD.
Brian Schneider


By around 3 p.m. the sailors were back on the course to start racing. A southerly breeze around five - seven knots filled in and remained pretty steady until around 4:15 p.m., when it lightened up again and became patchy on the race course. The sailors started to rotate boats on the water rather than from the dock to try and squeeze in as many races as possible.

The deadline for racing today was 5 p.m., so the race officials got in as much racing as the conditions would allow. The Eastern Semi-Final completed four races today in A-division and B-division for a total of six races for the event. The Western Semi-Final completed three races today in A-division and B-division for a total of five races for the event.

Yale University continued to dominate in the racing today and won the Western fleet. They did not place out of the top four in either division during the semi-finals. The light and patchy conditions were something that the sailors were prepared for.

Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD.
Brian Schneider


'We like this stuff,' says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale. 'We have a great spot to practice in any conditions [at Yale]. We tucked in close to shore to prepare,' Healy says.

Tomorrow the finals event begins and Healy says Yale’s head coach, Zach Leonard, 'Has done a great job getting everyone psyched up for this long event. We are ready to go.'

Sailing for Yale is: Graham Landy '15 with Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Meredith Megarry '17 and Marlena Fauer '14 in B-division.

Notable today was Old Dominion University who moved up from sixth place yesterday to second place today. Sailing for Old Dominion is: Esteban Forrer '16 with Julia Wiesner '14 in A-division and Andrea Luna '15 with Chloe Constants '14 in B-division.


Connecticut College overtook Georgetown University today and won the Eastern fleet. They moved up from second place yesterday, one point behind Georgetown, to one point ahead of them today. Sailing for Connecticut College is: Kevin Martland '14 with Lea Bushnell '15 in A-division and IG Schottlaender '14 with Kim Bolick '15 in B-division.

Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD.
Brian Schneider


'It was hard to be consistent today,' says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. 'Even the best sailors had trouble,' he says. Despite dropping to second place by just one point today, Callahan says their focus is on the next two days of racing.

'We are disappointed we did not win this regatta, but we will take lessons from it and focus on the finals – we will be racing in the hardest fleet of the year tomorrow with the top 18 teams in the nation,' says Callahan.

Sailing for Georgetown is: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.

The US Sailing Grit Award is awarded to the teams who qualified for the finals in ninth place in each semi-final fleet; the recipients today were the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Boston College.

The scoreboard is wiped clean for the Gill Coed National Championship Finals tomorrow. The first warning for racing is at 9:30 a.m. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy over the next two days.

Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD.
Brian Schneider


Final Nine Teams Eastern Semi-Final:
1. Connecticut College, 48
2. Georgetown University, 49
3. College of Charleston, 64
4. Stanford University, 73*
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 73*
6. Dartmouth College, 74
7. Tufts University, 78
8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 80
9. University of Wisconsin, 105
*Number of high place (1) finishes

Final Nine Teams Western Semi-Final:
1. Yale University, 19
2. Old Dominion University, 54*
3. Bowdoin College, 54*
4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 55
5. University of Hawaii, 60
6. University of South Florida, 63
7. Harvard University, 68**
8. Brown University, 68**
9. Boston College, 75
*Number of high place (1) finishes
**Head-to-head tiebreaker

To follow live media coverage of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, click on the Live Media link. Social media updates are provided daily by College Sailing.

Update: Gary Jobson and Chris Love will be filming portions of the Championships for an ESPNU segment, which will air on Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 12 at 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET and Sunday, July 13 at 8 a.m. ET. This will be the tenth time the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships have been covered on ESPNU.

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Complete Results: Gill National Champs first round-East: Score summary
   SchoolTeamA B TOT
 1Connecticut CollegeConnecticut CollegeCamels30 18 48
 2GeorgetownGeorgetown UniversityHoyas20 29 49
 3CharlestonCollege of CharlestonCougars33 31 64
*4StanfordStanford UniversityCardinal44 29 73
*5NavyU. S. Naval AcademyMidshipmen42 31 73
 6DartmouthDartmouth CollegeBig Green44 30 74
 7TuftsTufts UniversityJumbos27 51 78
 8Coast GuardU. S. Coast Guard AcademyBears43 37 80
 9WisconsinUniversity of WisconsinBadgers58 47 105
 10UC Santa BarbaraUniversity of California at Santa BarbaraGauchos54 57 111
 11PennsylvaniaUniversity of PennsylvaniaQuakers56 62 118
 12MichiganUniversity of MichiganWolverines50 78 128
 13VirginiaUniversity of VirginiaWahoos61 76 137
 14JacksonvilleJacksonville UniversityDolphins88 68 156
 15Texas A&M GalvestonTexas A&M University at GalvestonAggies82 89 171
 16Oregon StateOregon State UniversityBeavers95 89 184
 17UW MilwaukeeUniversity of Wisconsin MilwaukeePanthers96 103 199
 18New CollegeNew College of FloridaNew College103 103 206
Sym.Explanation
*Number of high-place (1) finishes

Gill National Champs first round-West: Score summary
   SchoolTeamA B TOT
 1YaleYale UniversityBulldogs10 9 19
*2Old DominionOld Dominion UniversityMonarchs22 32 54
*3BowdoinBowdoin CollegePolar Bears29 25 54
 4St. Mary'sSt. Mary's College of MarylandSeahawks37 18 55
 5HawaiiUniversity of HawaiiRainbows33 27 60
 6South FloridaUniversity of South FloridaBulls26 37 63
**7HarvardHarvard UniversityCrimson26 42 68
**8BrownBrown UniversityBears38 30 68
 9Boston CollegeBoston CollegeEagles28 47 75
 10FordhamFordham UniversityRams53 48 101
 11EckerdEckerd CollegeTritons44 62 106
 12Washington CollegeWashington CollegeShoremen64 54 118
 13MinnesotaUniversity of MinnesotaGophers72 52 124
 14CSU Long BeachCalifornia State University Long Beach49ers69 65 134
 15WashingtonUniversity of WashingtonHuskies72 78 150
 16ClemsonClemson UniversityTigers73 78 151
 17TulaneTulane UniversityGreen Wave77 75 152
 18Notre DameUniversity of Notre DameFighting Irish82 80 162
Sym.Explanation
*Number of high-place (1) finishes
**Head-to-head tiebreaker

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