Aug. 24, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College sailing team will open the 2011 fall season with as the No. 1 team in the country. Sailing World released the 2011 Fall Preseason rankings and the Eagles are No. 1 and received six first place votes. Georgetown is second, while Roger Williams, Charleston and Yale round out the top five teams.
In the spring the BC coed sailing team won the 2011 Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship in Cascade Locks, Oregon. BC finished with 161 points, 27 points ahead of second place finisher Hobart. Harvard placed tied for third with Georgetown.
The Eagles women's team was also recognize by Sailing World in the women's poll. The Eagles are ranked fourth in the country in the women's category.
BC will rely heavily on the much experienced crew of senior Annie Haeger, senior Emily Massa, junior Alex Cook and junior Molly Clarke.
Haeger is one of the most decorated sailors in the program. A native of Illinois, Haeger was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association 2011 All-NEISA Women's Sailor of the Year earlier in the year for the second consecutive season. She was also named to the NEISA 2011 Skippers first team. Haeger, who is studying at the Carroll School of Management, was also named to the All-American Women Skippers team.
Massa, a Barrington, RI native, is one the few returning from last year's 2011 Coed National Championship sailors. Massa won the Babineau Trophy for Crew of the Year after the competition. She was also a first team All-NEISA Crew.