CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. - The No. 11-ranked College of Charleston women's sailing team finished 13th at the ICSA/Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship held on the Columbia Gorge River.
The Cougars turned in four top-10 finishes in 14 races in the A-and B-Divisions combined. Junior skipper Corey Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and sophomore crew Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) placed 11th in the A-Division with 68 points, while freshman skipper Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) and sophomore crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) were 14th in the B-Division with 84 points.
CofC won the regatta a year ago by a 25-point margin over Boston College, but is in a rebuilding season after the graduation of former ICSA All-Americans Shannon Heausler and Allie Blecher, who was the 2010 recipient of the Quantum Women's Sailor of the Year Award.
The Cougars will continue competition at nationals as one of the top 14 schools in contention for the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship which runs from May 27-29 at the same venue. CofC is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in Sailing World's College Coed Rankings and race results will be available at: http://2011nationals.collegesailing.info