HOLLAND, MICH. – Freshman Abbie Carlson of the Tufts University sailing team is in 11th place out of 18 competitors after one day at the 2018 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's Single-handed Nationals on Saturday.
Seven races were held on Saturday with Carlson compiling scores totaling to 76. She's 16 points behind 10th-place Isabella Loosbrock, a senior from Boston College who has a 60 score. Carlson is nine in front of Navy junior Jessica McJones, who is 12th at 85 following seven races.
Carlson had a good start to the championship with a fifth-place finish in the first race and then a runner-up effort in the second. However, she then went 11th, 15th, 11th and 13th before finishing a strong fourth in the last race of the day.
Junior Hannah Steadman from Brown leads the women's single-handed regatta after one day with a 34 score.
Carlson qualified for Nationals by placing fourth out of 11 sailors at the New England Single-handed Championship, with the top five moving on to the national championship.
This is her first collegiate national regatta, but she won the 2017 Leiter Trophy for the US Girls' Single-handed championship in high school.
Racing concludes on Sunday at the event which is being hosted by Hope College and Grand Valley State University on Macatawa Bay, Michigan.