NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's sailing team qualified for the ICSA National Championships by registering an eighth-place finish at the Reed Trophy Regatta over the weekend.
The Camels comfortably punched one of the 11 qualifying tickets to compete at the ICSA Nationals for the first time since 2013 by putting forth strong performances in both divisions. Senior Charlotte List (Fair Haven, N.J.) and sophomore Gwynie Dunlevy (San Francisco, Calif.) placed eighth in the A Division, while senior Allie Maurillo (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and sophomore Paige Dunlevy (San Francisco, Calif.) were almost equally as impressive by finishing ninth in the B Division to help guarantee the team a trip to the sport's premier event at the end of May.
"Our group was focused and determined to get back to nationals after the opportunity had slipped out of our grasp the last few years," said head coach Jeff Bresnahan, who is in his 26th season as the pilot of the program. "We had a game plan going into the weekend, and the ladies put themselves in a primary position early so they could control their own destiny. Sunday was therefore not as stressful for us since we built a solid lead during Saturday's races. It was a great weekend to be a Camel, and they should be very proud of their achievement."
The Connecticut College women's sailing team will next trek to Kingston, Rhode Island to race at the Southern Series Seven beginning on Saturday, Apr. 28. The Camels will then compete at the ICSA Women's National Championships, which will be hosted by Old Dominion University in Virginia, between May 22 and May 25.