Charleston, S.C./Santa Barabara, Calif. – On the West Coast, Stanford sailing claimed the Pacific Coast Conference championship, and on the East Coast, the Cardinal finished fifth at the Match Race National Championships over the weekend.
Stanford’s Romain Screve, Elena VandenBerg and Jack Parkin went 7-2 during the round robin competition at the Match Race national championships in South Carolina. That earned the Cardinal the No. 2 seed entering the quarterfinals as only host Charleston was better (10-0).
Stanford won the first race of its quarterfinal against Boston College, but dropped three of the next four to fall out of competition for the Cornelluis Shields Sr. Trophy. Screve, VandenBerg and Parkin rebounded to defeat Georgetown and Navy to finish fifth among the 10 schools.
On the other coast, Stanford won the Pacific Coast Conference championship by one point over the host Santa Barabara Gouchos. It came down to the final race as Stanford finished with 66 points to the host’s 67. Skipper Will La Dow and crew Taylor Kirkpatrick won the A Division with just 17 points, while the junior duo of skipper William Marshall and crew Cassie Obel never finished lower than third and won the B Division with just 14 points in seven races. Skipper Russell Clarida and crew Madeline Bubb were fourth in the C Division with 35 points.
Stanford led the Gouchos by three points with two races remaining, and finished second in both to clinch the championship by one point. The event is also scored with only two divisions for intersectional berth selection seeding, which Stanford won by a comfortable margin with just 31 points — second-place Santa Barbara finished with 49 points among the A and B Divisions.
Stanford also finished 12th with its second team at the PCC championships. Mimi El-Khazindar and Meg Gerli were ninth in the A Division with 61 points, Stephanie Houck and Olivia Gugliemini were fourth in the B Division with 43 points.
Stanford returns to action on Tuesday with the annual Big Sail, an exhibition between Stanford and Cal. The Big Sail includes four divisions – current student athletes, alumni (39 years and younger), masters (40-59 years old) and grand masters (60+ years old). Registration and tickets are available at www.stfyc.com.
The Cardinal will resume its regular competition schedule in the spring.