June 2, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, MA -
The Boston College sailing team won the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship on June 1. The Eagles went 11-3 in three days of competition to get the best of 14 opponents. BC won its first national championship on the water when the women's team won the ICSA Women's National Championship on May 28 in Newport, RI.
Boston College went 5-1 in the first day of competition. The Eagles were tied with Harvard, St. Mary's College, Stanford and Georgetown and all advanced to the next round of sailing.
In day two action, St. Mary's, Harvard and Boston College put some distance between the rest of the pack before the racing was called early due to fog.
The final day of action, Boston College, Georgetown, Brown and the College of Charleston all advanced to the final four. After losing two races in the middle of the competition, BC pulled the victory out with two key wins in the final four round.
"We did not loose a race on day two, but were carrying a loss from the first day of the championship," explained BC Head Coach Greg Wilkinson of the 6-1 record that had the Eagles holding the series lead coming into the final day of the championship. "The racing was extremely close, but we got off to a good start today with wins in several early races before a hiccup mid-day when we lost two. Into the "final four" we had a relatively good lead, got a few wins and that sealed it (the championship win). This was definitely, without a doubt, a team effort. It feels amazing."
The Eagles were led by skippers: junior Brian Kamilar (Miami, Fla.), senior Reed Johnson (Toms River, N.J.), junior Adam Roberts (San Diego, Calif.); and the crews: junior Andrew Schneider (Newport, R.I.), senior Julie Howe (Grosse Point City, Mich.), senior Carrie Amarante (Wayne, N.J.), freshman Brianna Provancha (San Diego, Calif.), senior Alden Reid (Bedford, Mass.), and sophomore Evan Cooke (Andover, Mass.)'10.
For more information, including photos, go to: www.collegesailing.org/nas/spring08/
All photos on the Boston College website provided by Robert A. Migliaccio.