MEDFORD – Junior Talia Toland and sophomore Alexandra Talbot of the Tufts University sailing team will be in California this weekend competing at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's Singlehanded National Championship sponsored by LaserPerformance.
The championship includes the top 18 women singlehanded sailors in the nation. At least one sailor has qualified from each of the seven collegiate sailing conferences to compete in this prestigious event. The regatta will take place out of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and the sailing area will be in the Santa Barbara Channel. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with no race starting after 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Toland, who won the New England single-handed title this fall, and Talbot advanced to nationals by placing among the top six at the regional regatta. The Jumbos are one of five teams nationally who qualified two sailors to compete for the singlehanded championship, including Boston College, Georgetown, Jacksonville and Stanford.
The last two national champions are among this year's field. Stanford junior Christina Sakellaris is the defending champion, and Boston College's Sophia Reineke won in 2017. Jacksonville's Charlotte Rose, the runner-up as a freshman last season, will also race this weekend.
Tufts' Toland defeated Reineke to win New England's on September 15 of this year. Toland has made one previous appearance at the national championship. She was the runner-up at New England's as a freshman in 2017 and went to Nationals where she placed 12th. Talbot will be sailing at her first single-handed nationals.
Katie McDowell won Tufts' only ICSA women's single-handed national title in 1995.
Follow live results of the ICSA / LaserPerformance Singlehanded Nationals at https://scores.collegesailing.org/f19/laserperformance-women-singlehanded-nationals/.
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