April 22, 2012

Sailing 12th at Wellesley-Boston Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's sailing team contuinue to improve Sunday, finishing 12th of 14 teams at the Wellesley-Boston Invitational, hosted by MIT on the Charles River.

The Corsairs finished with 83 points, despite competing in inclement weather.

"We scored 83 points in a strong field, which by far bested our best effort this year," said Umass Dartmouth Head Coach Jerry Jennings. "We were in ninth place going into the last race, but the high winds capsized our "B" division leading boat. They got it righted and finished the race, but that bumped us down a few places."

Jennings said that several of his student-athletes performed well. "We had some outstanding performances today by our captain,(senior) Katie Motta (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), and by (junior) Michelle Guidotti (West Hartford, CT/Conard HS) in almost every race," said Jennings. "We also had great performances from (freshmen) Julia Trudel (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS), Bailey Rice (Southampton, MA/Hampshire Regional HS), and Emma Linden (Beverly, MA/Beverly HS) and (sophomore) Maggie McDonald (Douglas, MA/Douglas HS) and everyone else who raced today. We did well despite competing in high winds and rain, and we were sailing in a type of boat called the MIT Tech which we had never seen before."

The Corsairs will return to action when they travel to the No Ringer Regatta at Dartmouth College next Sunday.

                                     UMASS DARTMOUTH SAILING