Sailing Shines in Debut

NEWPORT, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's sailing team opened a few eyes when they made their collegiate debut at the Southern Series Three Regatta, hosted by Salve Regina Saturday.

The Corsairs finished 17th of 21 teams and finished as high as sixth in one of their Division A races and as high as eighth in a Division B race.

In sailing, all the teams compete in the same division, and the entrants included Oregon, Maryland, Boston University and Connecticut, as well as Roger Williams, which is ranked as the top team in the nation.

Teams compete with two student-athletes in each boat. Senior Kate Motta (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and junior Shawna Denn (Dracut, MA/Greater Lowell Tech HS) represented the Corsairs in Division A, while junior Michelle Guidotti (Hartford, CT/Conard HS), freshman Katie Medeiros (Fairhaven, MA/Dartmouth HS) and sophomore Jessica Jarvis (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) rotated in Division B.

"Everyone said it was unprecedented to have teams place their first time out of the box, and we did well and enjoyed ourselves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "I'm very pleased and proud of our team, and I'm astonished that in our first meet, we scored in the field, and, in several races, we were in the top group. I was told that it is very unusual. We are learning how to sail, and we are learning quickly."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to MIT on April 22nd.