California Dreaming: Sailing Qualifies for National Semifinals at USC

April 16, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With another extraordinary season already intact, the MIT sailing team qualified for the ICSA National Championship Western Semifinals, hosted by the University of Southern California on April 26-27. The Engineers solidified their spot with a sixth-place finish at the New England Dinghy Championships last week.

The ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinals will be held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. in 420s, while the Western Semifinals will be hosted by USC in FJs. The two events will have a collective 36 teams competing (18 at each event) with the top nine finishers from each semifinal championship advancing to the grand finale - the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship. The new system will also eliminate the two controversial at-large berths.

The following is a list of all the teams who are scheduled to participate and their brackets:

Western Semifinal
Brown (NEISA 2)
Charleston (SAISA 2)
Georgetown (MAISA 1)
Hawaii (PCCSC 3) K
ings Point (MAISA 5)
Minnesota (MCSA 2)
MIT (NEISA 6)
Northwestern (MCSA 5)
Notre Dame (MCSA 4)
NY Maritime (MAISA 3)
ODU (MAISA 7)
Roger Williams (NEISA 8)
Texas A&M Galveston (SEISA 1)
USC (PCCSC 1)
USF(SAISA 3)
U. Texas (SEISA 3)
Western Washington (NWICSA 2)
Yale (NEISA 4)

Eastern Semifinal
Boston College (NEISA 1)
Connecticut College (NEISA 3)
Eckerd (SAISA 1)
FAU (SAISA 4)
Florida (SAISA 5)
Harvard (NEISA 7)
Hobart (MAISA 4)
Michigan (MCSA 3)
St. Mary's (MAISA 2)
Stanford (PCCSC 2)
Tufts (NEISA 9)
U. Penn (MAISA 6)
U. South Alabama (SEISA 2)
U. Vermont (NEISA 5)
U. Washington (NWICSA 1)
UC San Diego (PCCSC 4)
Washington College (MAISA 8)
Wisconsin (MCSA 1)