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Sailing claims PCCSC championship, Admiral’s Cup in stellar weekend

For the first time this season, sailing claimed victory in two events over the same weekend. The team secured Stanford’s 15th straight championship title in the women’s Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC). (JOHN TODD/isiphotos.com)

For the first time this year, sailing claimed victory in two events over the same weekend.

In Los Angeles, the Cardinal (55) fended off USC (69) and UC Santa Barbara (69) en route to Stanford’s 15th straight championship title in the women’s Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC). The performance qualifies Stanford for the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Sperry Women’s National Championship from May 21-24 in Newport, R.I.

Stanford finished A division competition just one point behind USC (27-28), as sophomore Cardinal skipper Stephanie Houck, junior crew Taylor Kirkpatrick and freshman crew Ashton Borcherding finished in the top five in all ten races, winning five of them.

A comeback was needed in the B division, and the Cardinal delivered. Sophomore skipper Sophia Sole and freshman Camille White worked with senior crew Cassie Obel and junior Madeline Bubb to rack up four wins and two second-place finishes.

The comeback in LA, though, was nothing in comparison to what the Cardinal managed on the second day of competition in New York, leaping from sixth to first in an 18-team field that saw runner-up Dartmouth (201) finish just two points behind the Cardinal (199).

Despite a third-place showing in the A division and second in the B division, consistency prevailed for a Stanford team that secured victory in the 16th and final race of the regatta, as a second place finish from sophomore skipper Romain Screve and freshman crew Sammy Pickell was enough for the win.

Next up for the Cardinal is the PCCSC Coed Championships from April 27-28 in the San Francisco Bay.

Contact Holden Foreman at hs4man21 ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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