AUSTIN, Texas – (Hawaii Athletics) The
University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine sailing team completed day two of the
Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship Thursday at Lake Travis
outside of Austin, moving past the semifinal round and into the 18-team final
UH was one of nine teams to advance to the finals after placing seventh in the semifinal round, which wrapped up mid-day. The finals began shortly thereafter and the Rainbow Wahine currently stand in 15th place early on. UH has totaled 75 points through the first six races of the finals with Boston College currently setting the pace with 21 points. Weather permitting, a total of 30 more races look to be completed over the course of the next two days.
Sailing for the Rainbow Wahine are Madeline Kennedy, Lani Johnson, Lindsay Stewart, Hanne Nagatani and Bree Nidds.
UH finished with a total of 143 points in the semifinals, producing a comfortable 24-point cushion off the nine-team cutoff point. This year marks 13th time in the last 15 seasons that the Rainbow Wahine are competing in the nationals. However, this is the first time in four tries that UH has advanced to the finals since the ICSA implemented a semifinal round in 2009. In last year's semifinals in Cascade Lakes, Ore., UH finished 10th, just six points off the final qualifying spot for the finals.
The other eight squads advancing to the finals were the College of Charleston, Brown, Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Harvard, St. Mary's (Md. ) College, Eckerd College and Connecticut College, which was the top finisher in the semis with 87 points.
Awaiting them in the finals were Yale, South Florida, Georgetown, Navy, Stanford Michigan, Western Washington, Texas and current regatta leader Boston College.
UH looks for its highest finish since placing fourth at the 2004 nationals. The Rainbow Wahine, led by All-American and 2012 Olympic qualifier Molly (O'Bryan) Vandemoer, captured its first and only women's national championship in 2001 in Boston.