Co-ed Sailing Eighth at Season-Opening Graham Hall Team Race

Lara Dienemann crewed for Tufts' second boat

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Tufts University co-ed sailing team placed eighth out of 16 teams competing at the Graham Hall Team Racing regatta hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday and Sunday.

The inter-conference regatta is the first of the spring season for the Jumbos, who are ranked ninth in the Sailing World College Rankings as of March 9.

In round-robin racing between the 16 teams, Tufts won more than they lost (8-7). However, the Jumbos weren't one of the six teams to advance to the next round.

In the first round, the Jumbos defeated the eventual regatta champion as well as another team which advanced to the second round. Tufts had the first, second and sixth-place finishes against Yale to beat the eventual winners. They also had  1-3-4 scoring line against George Washington, who placed fourth overall.

Other Tufts wins came against College of Charleston, MIT, Fordham, South Florida, Kings Point and Jacksonville. They had their best showing against Kings Point, taking the first, second and fourth spots during the race. The Jumbos also had convincing wins over Fordham and Jacksonville.

Losses during the round-robin came against Boston College, Georgetown, Navy, St. Mary's, Hobard-William Smith, Bowdoin and Old Dominion.

The three teams in action for the Jumbos were senior skipper Griffin Rolander with junior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts, senior skipper Alex Tong with junior crew Lara Dienemann and senior skipper Scott Barbano with sophomore crew Ian Morgan.