After the final day of racing which saw several lead changes, the Boston College women's sailing team was able to hold off Yale, Rhode Island and Georgetown to win the 2012 ICSA Women's National Championship on Lake Travis in Texas.
Going into the final race of the Championship, 10 points separated first place from fourth place with the Eagles reclaiming a slim one point lead over Rhode Island after winning race 13A. Yale sat in third with 145 points with Georgetown in fourth with 147.
Yale won the final race of the day, followed by Hawaii, Brown and Charleston. BC (fifth) edged out Georgetown (ninth) and Rhode Island (12th) in the day's final race to take the title. Though I didn't get to watch the event live, I followed the final two races online. Still exciting.
Boston College finished with 142 points, four points better than second place finisher Yale. Rhode Island finished with 150 points, while Georgetown finished fourth with 156 points. Connecticut College finished fifth with 187 points.
The Eagles earned first place finishes in four races -- 3A, 4A, 4B and 13A -- and second six times -- 2A, 3B, 7B, 8A, 11A and 11B. In total, BC placed in the top three spots in half of the Championship's 26 races.
Congratulations to Anne Haeger ('12), Laura McKenna ('13), Briana Provancha ('12), Elizabeth Barnard ('15) and the entire women's sailing team on bringing another National Title home to the Heights.
The title marks the sixth Eagles National Championship on the water and second Women's National Championship (2008). BC has also won the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship in 2008 and 2009 and is seeking a third straight title in the ICSA/Gill Co-ed National Championship this week.