EAST HAMPTON, Conn. - On Senior Day, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's sailing team competed in their final regatta of the season today at the Wesleyan Invitational hosted out of Sears Park.
Score: 2nd (27 points) of 4
How it Happened
With the temperature reaching 78 degrees, competitors were finally able to shed their dry suits and enjoy near summer conditions with a moderate 8-12 knots of wind. As is typical in lake sailing, there were many wind shifts throughout the day which added an extra strategic element to the racing.
The Corsairs were led in the A division by graduating captains Kelsey Delosh (Boston, Mass.) and Courtney Grippin (Wilbraham, Mass.) along with Isabel Rombult (Boxford, Mass.) and Kathleen Tansey (Quincy, Mass.) in the B division. As it was the final regatta for the seniors, the team decided to rotate through several pairings to ensure that all would have time on the water. Shannon McKeown (Franklin, Mass.) and Phuong Pham (Haverhill, Mass.) took over in the A boat for the final two races and Michaela Carrier (Richmond, R.I.) took the crew seat in the B boat after the first set of 2 races.
With a strong effort from all, the Corsairs spent the entirety of the event in second place. With only a three-point margin between third place going into the final B set, Rombult and Carrier needed to fend off Fairfield and Wesleyan to secure second. Not only were the duo able to accomplish this feat, but they dominated the final race of the day ending the season with a runaway top finish to solidify second place overall in the regatta with a combined score of only 27 points. UMass Amherst took first with Fairfield and Wesleyan following behind.
After an action packed season and four years of unrelenting effort, the Corsairs will be graduating seven seniors next week.