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RWU Sailing Team prepares to defend national championship title; five sailors named to All-NEISA Team
Photo by: Robert Migliaccio


The Roger Williams University Sailing team earned a berth for the fourth straight year to the ICSA Team Race National Championship after taking third place at the New England Team Race Championship.

At the New England Team Race Championship, the Hawks finished in third place on a tie-breaker with eventual winner Boston College and second-place finisher Brown University. All three teams went 13-6 on the weekend; however, Roger Williams went 0-3 versus Brown and 1-2 versus Boston College.

Roger Williams won four of the first five races to move into the first Gold Round Robin, where the Hawks tallied a record of 6-1. In the second Gold Round Robin, RWU went 4-3 to advance to the final six with an overall record of 10-4. The Hawks closed out the regatta by going 2-3, but still managed a three-way tie for first with a 13-6 overall record and the berth to the national championships.

Sailing for the Hawks on the weekend were Sean Bouchard (Bermuda), Alec Anderson (Tortola, BVI), Tyler Macdonald (Newport Beach, Calif.), Sophie Bellacosa (Winchester, Mass.), Kelly Stannard (Salem, Conn.), Tyler Wilson (Woodville, Mass.), and Jake Bartlein (Santa Barbara, Calif.).

In addition the championship berth, he NEISA Awards Committee announced the 2012 All-NEISA Co-ed Teams this past weekend, with Anderson, Bouchard, Bellacosa, Stannard and Wilson all receiving recognition. Anderson was named to the All-NEISA Skipper First Team, while Bouchard was named to the second team. Bellacosa and Stannard were both named to the All-NEISA Crew First Team, while Wilson was named to the All-NEISA Crew Second Team.