NEWPORT, R.I. – On the first day of the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship Thursday, Tufts University placed 12th out of 18 teams. Action continues on the second and final day of the regatta Friday.
Ten races were contested in two divisions on Thursday. Tufts accumulated finishes totaling to 127 in A's and 92 in B's for a 219 score The Jumbos are 19 behind Boston University and Stanford, who are 10th and 11th respectively with 200 scores. Tufts sits five in front of 13th-place Old Dominion University (224).
Brown University leads the national championship after one day with a 71-45-116 scoring line.
Tufts ranks ninth in B division after the first 10 races. Senior Jackson McCoy skippered the first through sixth races with junior Emma Clutterbuck as crew. Freshman Charlie Hibben skippered the seventh through 10th starts with senior Sabrina Van Mell as crew. Hibben and Van Mell won the ninth race and also had a fourth-place finish. McCoy with Clutterbuck had a best performance of fifth in the second race of the competition.
For A's, Tufts is currently 16th in the division. Senior Cam Holley skippered with senior crew Ian Morgan for the first and second races and the ninth and 10th. Senior skipper Chris Keller and sophomore crew Juliana Testa did everything in between (third through eighth). The Keller-Testsa combo was third in the sixth race for Tufts' best A division finish.
The final day of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association national championship will begin on Friday at 10 am. All national championship action is being held at Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center located inside Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.