Charleston Captures Coed and Women's National Titles

The College of Charleston's sailing team won both championships it qualified for, giving the school it's first-ever coed title. The official press release from the 2006 ICSA springChampionships.

College of Charleston, hosts for the national championships, started off the 10-day marathon by winning their first-ever ICSA National Women's Dinghy Championship. The Cougars, who had not qualified for the second event, then watched as Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) won the ICSA/Layline National Team Race Championship, before returning to the water for the ICSA/Gill National Coed Dinghy Championship. Harvard University had ended day one in first overall with 44 points, followed by Georgetown University (52), Tufts University (64), St. Mary's College (66), and College of Charleston (68). Things turned around for College of Charleston on day two with a strong performance in B-Division by junior Russ O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and sophomore Megan Riddle (Vermillion, Ohio) that moved them to the top of that fleet. In A Division, graduating senior Jamie Kimbal (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and freshman Britney Haas (San Diego, Calif.) were well-placed in fifth and the combined scores of both divisions moved College of Charleston into the overall lead with 131 points, five points ahead of Georgetown, and Harvard third on 155 points. On the final day, the Cougars knew the championship was well within their grasp. The last four races of the series were sailed in 22 knots from the southwest and saw Georgetown and Charleston break away from Harvard. The championship was decided on the last beat of the final race for B-Division with Charleston posting a fourth, and Georgetown a 12. The final scores were 198 for Charleston, 204 for Georgetown and 245 for Harvard. In the first round of the ICSA/Layline National Team Racing Championship, Georgetown posted a 6-0 win-loss record. During the championship rounds among the top-eight schools, the Hoyas gave up only three races out of 14 for a number one slot into the final round among the top-four schools. Graduating seniors Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ed du Moulin (Larchmont, N.Y.), and sophomore Chris Behm (Hampton, Va.) skippered for the Hoyas, while graduating seniors Nick Deane (Boston, Mass.), Kelly Lanzara (Great Falls, Va.) and Dan Monico (Winnetka, Ill.), junior Caroline LaMotte Jr. (Oxford, Md.) and freshman Carly Chamberlain (Newport Beach, Calif.) handled the crew duties. Working their "home-court" advantage, the College of Charleston women sailors kept their heads down for the final day of racing at the 2006 ISCA National Women's Dinghy Championship. The payoff for three days of consistent sailing - a first-ever win of this championship crown. College of Charleston was able to break away from the pack and hold off several assaults courtesy of seniors Alana O'Reilly (Charleston) and Susan Lintern (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) who took over the lead in A-Division on day two. In B-Division, freshman Andrea Savage (Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.) with sophomore crew Danielle Neri (Newport, R.I.), came back from a 16th place finish in Thursday's last race to win their first race of the final four today. The Cougars finished the series with 207 points - a 42 point lead over Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) who finished in second place. Maintaining their day two positions, St. Mary's College placed third with 258 points, followed by Stanford University in fourth overall with 259 points. Dartmouth College gained one slot to place fifth overall with 280 points. For more information, visit www.collegesailing.org