Women's Sailing in Middle of the Pack at Interconference Navy Fall Invitational

Freshman Leyla Senocak skippered Tufts' B dinghy

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Tufts University women's sailing team, recently ranked 16th in the Sailing World national poll, posted a solid eighth-place finish out of 17 teams at the Jen Harris Navy Fall Invitational featuring three divisions of interconference racing.

A full weekend of action saw 17 races in the three divisions for 51 total starts on Saturday and Sunday. Tufts compiled scores of 153 in As, 164 in B's and 127 in C's for a 444 total. They took eighth behind Cornell, who was nine points in front of the Jumbos with a 435 score for seventh place. St. Mary's College of Maryland scored 447, trailing Tufts by just three in ninth place. College of Charleston won the regatta with a strong 110-51-77-238 scoring line.

Tufts freshman Talia Toland had the highest finish with an eighth sailing single-handed in the C division. She won the fourth race in the division, was third in the eighth and placed second in the 12th start.

The Jumbos' A starters of senior skipper Molly Pleskus with junior crew Taylor Hart won the ninth race and finished third in the 12th on their way to ninth place in the division.

For B's, Tufts had freshman Leyla Senocak skippering with junior Sabrina Van Mell as crew. They were 11th in B's with a pair of fifth-place races as highlights.

Day one of the Jen Harris Memorial started with a lovely south breeze at 8-10 knots that built as the day went on. It proved to be one of the best days of college sailing at Navy in some time. Ten races were sailed off Triton Point. Day two brought lighter winds and cloudy skies. The threat of rain all day substantially reduced the motor boats on the water, providing much flatter water for the women to sail through. Seven races in each division were sailed off Triton Point in a shifty eight-knot West-Southwest breeze.