MEDFORD - After a narrow miss at getting into the round of eight, the Tufts University co-ed sailing team tied for ninth place overall out of 16 teams at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Team Racing National Championship on Sunday.
Over two days of racing in the preliminary round, the Jumbos compiled an 8-7 record. The wins came against Hobart & William Smith, Georgetown, Oregon State, MIT, Northwestern, Texas A&M Galveston, Yale and Wisconsin. Tufts took the top three places in the competition versus Oregon State and had 1-2-4 scoring lines versus Texas A&M Galveston and Wisconsin.
The preliminary round losses by the Jumbos were against Boston College, Eckerd, College of Charleston, Old Dominion, Navy, Stanford and Hawaii. The closest defeat came against Hawaii as Tufts had the first, fifth and sixth finishes for a 12 score and Hawaii was second, third and fourth for a 9 score.
The Jumbos had started strong by winning their first four races on Saturday, including versus a Yale team that would eventually advance to the "final four" at the regatta. The Jumbos finished Saturday 8-4 for sixth place, but lost to Hawaii, Navy and College of Charelston on Sunday to finish the round of 16 with an 8-7 record. Hobart-William Smith, MIT, Navy and Stanford with 9-6 records all advance to the next round. Tufts, Eckerd and Old Dominion all finished 8-7 to tie for ninth place.
Skippering for the Jumbos at the ICSA Team Racing Nationals were seniors Griffin Rolander, Scott Barbano and Alex Tong. Crewing for Rolander was junior Emily Shanley-Roberts for 12 races and sophomore Ian Morgan three times. On board with Barbano as crew was Morgan for 12 races and sophomore Florian Eenkema van Dijk for three. With Tong was junior Lara Dienemann 10 times and junior Aaron Klein for five starts.
The College of Charleston won the ICSA Team Racing Championship with a 21-4 overall record. Yale (19-6), Georgetown (17-8) and Boston College (17-8) followed in place two through four.
In the last of three championship events held on the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor, the Jumbos are enterd in the Co-ed National Championship running May 30 through June 1.