The Bowdoin College women’s sailing team finished ninth in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Eastern Semifinal of the Sperry National Championship on Wednesday, earning the final qualifying spot for the finals, which begin today.

The University of Rhode Island finished the day on top, moving up from second place. Boston College also moved up to second place and Boston University, which was in the lead after Tuesday, moved down to third place.

Because this is a qualifying regatta for the finals, the most important finishes are the top nine teams and the ninth-place team in particular, who makes the cut to move onto the finals. In the Eastern fleet that team is Bowdoin College.

“We had a good day today,” says Frank Pizzo, head coach for Bowdoin College. “We knew the weather would be an issue this afternoon, so we were looking for consistent results, to use our boat speed and keep it simple.

“The current here is significant and has made starting challenging. And tomorrow will be that much more competitive with an even stronger fleet, so we are going to have a team dinner tonight, rest up and get ready for the next event.”

Sailing for Bowdoin is Mary Paz with Nora Cullen in A-division, and Catherine Price with Dana Bloch and Isabelle Austin-Green in B-division.

The finals were to begin today at 10 a.m.

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