The Intercollegiate Sailing Association has announced the Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year and their 2011 Women’s All America Team at the final Sperry Top-Sider Women’s National Championship banquet. The prestigious awards are a highlight of the collegiate sailing year. The Women’s College Sailor of the Year and the All-American honors are chosen by a committee of representatives from each of the seven ICSA districts.
The Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year award annually honors an individual who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships. The ICSA All-America committee evaluates with great detail all of the finalists’ results and calculates the winner. Quantum believes that women sailors should receive the same recognition that male sailors receive in the sport to acknowledge women’s’ excellence in sailing and continue to foster its growth. Past winners of this award include Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic hopeful, Anna Tunnicliffe (Old Dominion University) and Genny Tulloch (Harvard University) a 2012 Olympic hopeful.
The winner this year, of the 2011 Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the year was Annie Haeger, a junior and A-division skipper from Boston College. Haeger is from Lake Forest, Illinois but grew up sailing on Lake Beulah in Wisconsin. In addition to this prestigious award she was also named an ICSA All-American Women’s Skipper, an award she has won twice previously in 2009 and 2010. 'What set Annie apart this year was that she has already placed at a National Championship this year, she won second at the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded Championship in the fall, ' says John Vandemoer, head coach for Stanford University and a member of the All-America selection committee. Haeger has had great success all year placing in the top three in nearly every Women’s event she sailed in as did her fellow finalist Megan Magill, a senior from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
In Haeger’s acceptance speech she immediately thanked her father for always cheering her on. She went on to be grateful for her teammates who she has worked so hard with. 'I am shocked,' Haeger says blushing, 'there are a lot of amazing sailors.' She goes on to explain that she has a remarkable crew, Emily Massa a junior from Barrington, R.I., without whom she could not have accomplished this. Haeger leads by example when she coaches youth sailors in the summer, 'I try to get girls excited about sailing.' With her success thus far she is certainly giving girls a reason to look up to her. 'Next year I will sail more coed events,' Haeger predicts, she is looking forward to expanding her competition and seeing what else is possible.
The guidelines for All-America selection evaluate a competitor based on their competitive record in District and North American Championships. Beyond that the committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, results achieved with different crews, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in previous years. It is possible to select fifteen winners between the All-Americans and Honorable Mention All-Americans, which was the case this year.
Below is a list of last night’s honorees. Honorable Mention All-American Women Skippers
Emily Billing ’13 -Yale University
Emily Dellenbaugh ’12 - Brown University
Marlena Fauer ’14 – Yale University
Amy Hawkins ’11 – University of Rhode Island
Emily Lambert ’12 – Harvard University
Emily Maxwell ’11 – Boston College
Caroline Patten ’11 – William Smith
Briana Provancha ’11 – Boston College
All-American Women Skippers
Elizabeth Barry ’11 – Brown University
Sydney Bolger ‘ 12 – Georgetown University
Atlantic Brugman – ’13 Connecticut College
Claire Dennis ‘ 13 – Yale University
Anne Haeger ’12 – Boston College
Megan Magill ’11 – St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Stephanie Roble ’11 – Old Dominion University
Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year Finalists
Anne Haeger ’12, Boston College *
Megan Magill ‘11, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Video coverage of the racing and interviews with sailors are available on Sailgroove.
View more photos of the event at GTS Photos here
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more. The ICSA National Championships are sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), Annapolis Performance Sailing