MEDFORD – In the final Tufts University Athletics event of the 2018-19 year, the Jumbo co-ed sailing team will race at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) / Gill Eastaern Semifinals starting today in Newport, Rhode Island.
The national semi-finals are divided into two 18-team regattas contested on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top nine teams from each group will then advance to the finals round – an 18-boat regatta, which will take place on Thursday and Friday.
Tufts will compete against Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Dartmouth, Fordham, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Kings Point, Michigan, Navy, Northwestern, Notre Dame, St. Mary's (Md.), South Florida, Stanford, Texas A&M Galveston and Western Washington in the Eastern semis. The Western semis include Boston College, CSU Long Beach, Charleston, Coast Guard, Connecticut College, Cornell, Florida State, Georgetown, Hobart & William Smith, Miami, Minnesota, Old Dominion, Penn, Tulane, UC Santa Barbara, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale.
These teams have qualified from their conferences to compete in this portion of the championship, which is being held at Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center located inside Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.
Tufts earned a berth into the 2019 ICSA / Gill national semifinals by placing seventh at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Championships hosted by Bowdoin College on April 27-28.
The line-up for the Jumbos will have senior skipper Cam Holley with senior crew Ian Morgan in A division, and senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck in B division. The Jumbo alternates will be senior skipper Chris Keller with sophomore crew Juliana Testa along with senior Jack Bitney, freshman George Sidamon-Eristoff, freshman Charlie Hibben and senior Sabrina Van Mell.
Tufts is returning to the ICSA national championship after failing to qualify last season. The Jumbos placed third in the semifinals and 14th in the final for 2017. In 2016 they did not advance out of the semifinal (where they were 10th). Tufts' last top 10 national finish was a ninth in 2015.
Follow live results of the ICSA Women's Championship at https://scores.collegesailing.org/s19/gill-coed-east-semis/.