MEDFORD, Mass. - On Thursday evening, the UMass Dartmouth women's sailing team competed for the last time this season in the annual Dark of Night regatta hosted by Tufts University, taking 12th of 16 teams at the event.
How it Happened
With only three knots of wind for the A division, boat handling and smooth maneuvering were the focus. Senior captain Shannon McKeown (Franklin, Mass.) took the helm with Melanie Muzyka (Pembroke, Mass.) in the crew position. In a season-best performance, the pair battled their way around a dimly lit race course in unfamiliar boats into an 11th place finish in their division.
The B division had much better breeze for their set as the wind picked up to six knots. This increased the boats' speed so the course was lengthened as freshman Anna Nelson (Easton, Mass.) took the helm for the first time with Corsairs. In the crew position, sophomore Page Veazie (East Bridgewater, Mass.) helped to navigate through the challenging conditions. In the first race of the set, the pair rounded the first mark in third place. As the rest of the fleet made their way up to the finish, Nelson did her best to hold them off and enjoyed an 11th place finish in her first college race.
At the end of the evening, the scores of the two divisions were combined and landed the Corsairs in 12th place overall ahead of Emanuel, UCONN, a second Emmanuel team and Wesleyan, respectively. Brown University took the top position followed by Tufts 1, Tufts 4 and Boston University.
The Corsairs will return to the boats for the spring season in 2018.