Lady Monarchs In Second After First Day of Sailing at ICSA Nationals

May 26, 2009
By ODU Athletics

May 26, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Behind a dominant effort in A division from senior Alissa Ayres (Trenton, N.J./Ewing) and junior skipper Katrina Williams (Pembroke, Bermuda/Bermuda), the Lady Monarchs are just six points back of the lead at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship. Williams and Ayres posted just 13 points in A division, leading the second place boat by 16 points.

The junior skipper from Bermuda led the A division boat to six finishes all inside the top four boats, including four seconds and a win. Williams sailed with Ayres and junior Ashley Brusso for a very consistent and dominant first day.

"I'm really pleased with how our girls are competing," said head coach Mitch Brindley. "They're sailing well; these are conditions that Katrina has been looking forward to for a long time and she is sailing very well - on top of things and proving that she is a great competitor. As are her crew Alissa Ayres and Ashley Brusso. Brusso has had to battle through a shoulder injury and is really giving us everything she's got."

In B division, sophomore skipper Stephanie Roble struggled early but bounced back with three straight third place finishes to jump to eighth in the division. She led ODU to the lead before the 7th and 8th races, and after finishing out the day, found ODU just six points off the pace set by Yale. She sailed with rookie Arianna Baker in their first appearance at the national event.

"Steph and Arianna have had some good races. They struggled to get off the line a bit today, but when they do, they are very fast and very smart out there," Brindley said.

In eight completed races of B division racing, Baker and Roble finished with 66 total points. Williams skippered the A division boat to a 13-point performance, cruising by the rest of A division after the first six races. Combined, the two boats have totaled 79 points, just six back of Yale for first place. The Lady Monarchs lead Boston College in third by nine points, Dartmouth in fourth by 13 and the College of Charleston in fifth by 14 points.

"It's close, which is nice and exciting. We're looking forward to another great day tomorrow to get back on top. It's been absolutely perfect; the conditions have been great," said Brindley.

The fleet will return to the water tomorrow morning for the remainder of the championship. The winner will be crowned after sailing on Wednesday as ODU looks to earn its fourth national championship in women's dinghy action.

Results: Day One - ICSA Women's National Championship:

Team                     A    B    TOT
1. Yale                 34   39     73
2. ODU                  13   66     79
3. Boston College       58   30     88
4. Dartmouth            46   46     92
5. Coll of Charleston   29   64     93
6. St. Mary's College   44   51     95
7. Georgetown           60   48    108
8. Connecticut Coll     46   76    122
9. Brown Univ           66   58    124
10. Boston Univ         57   80    137
11. Harvard             64   77    141
12. Stanford            71   85    156
13. Eckerd Coll         76   82    158
14. William Smith       63  100    163
15. U. Rhode Island     91   77    168
16. Western Washington  53  124    177
17. Wisconsin           72  135    207
18. Texas A&M Galveston 82  130    212

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