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Bowdoin Sailing 2019-20 Season Preview

Coming off the most successful season in program history, the Bowdoin sailing team will look to carry its momentum into the 2019 fall season, with sights on qualifying for nationals in the spring.

2018 Recap

For the first time in program history, the Bowdoin sailing team qualified for all three Intercollegiate Sailing Association national championships last year: the women’s, coed, and team race. Bowdoin finished ninth in the Team Race National Championship, 14th at the Gill Coed Nationals and 18th in the Women’s ICSA Finals. Seniors Matthew Kaplan and Louisa Lindgren were both named ICSA All-Americans and All-New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Head Coach Frank Pizzo was named the NEISA Coach of the Year.

2019-20 Preview

Despite the graduation of a pair of All-Americans, the Polar Bears’ depth will continue to be on display this season. Christian Filter and Matt Safford will lead the charge on the coed side for the Polar Bears while Ellie Maus, Teagan Cunningham and Kelsey Slack will all get significant time at the top women's regattas. Bowdoin also boasts a strong group of crews lead by three seniors Emily Gonzalez, Marie Bergsund and Hannah Konkel.

On the Schedule

The Polar Bears are scheduled to compete in over thirty events this fall across the region. Bowdoin will host the early-season Barnett Trophy regatta on September 14-15 at the Leighton Sailing Center. A number of busy weekends in September will culminate with four straight weekends of Showcase events, beginning on September 28 at Conn. College. The Polar Bears will look to peak the weekend of October 26 when they compete in the fall championships: the Schell Trophy (MIT), the Urn Trophy (Harvard) and the Nickerson Trophy (Tufts).

Follow Online

Fans can follow the team on the free Bowdoin Front Row app, available on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users as well as the Bowdoin Sports Information email lists available on the Bowdoin Athletics website, GoUBears.com.