Women's Sailing 8th After Day 1 at ICSA Semifinals in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Tufts University women's sailing team is eighth out of 18 teams after day one at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Western Semifinals on Tuesday.

The top nine teams at the semifinal following day two of the competition tomorrow will advance to the finals on Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, Tufts compiled scores of 72 in A division and 53 in B's for a 125 total after eight races were finished in both. The Jumbos hold a slim margin over ninth-place William Smith (126), 10th-place MIT (128) and 11th-place Cornell (131) heading into Wednesday's action. Tufts is three behind seventh-place Jacksonville (122).

The Jumbo B team of freshman skipper Abbie Carlson with senior crew Sabrina Van Mell are fourth in their division. They finished strong today with a first, second and third among the final five races.

Tufts' A dinghy is 12th in the division. Sophomore Talia Toland skippered with classmates Juliana Testa (races 1-2, 7-8) and Lindsay Powers (3-6) splitting up the crew duties. Toland and Powers had the A's best finish of sixth in the third race. Toland and Testa had an eighth and a seventh in the final two races of the day.

Yale leads the Western Semis with 19 scores in both divisions for a 38 total. Dartmouth is second at 40-47-87.

An Eastern semifinal is also being contested at the site. Nine teams from that competition will also advance to the 18-team finals round.

The event is being held at Sail Newport at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Second-day racing is scheduled to begin at 10 am.