Tulane sailing continues strong season, sweeps SEISA Championship

Jeremy Rosen, Staff Reporter

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The Green Wave sailing teams continue to perform exceptionally, proving themselves to be among the best in the nation. This past weekend, both the women’s and coed teams traveled to Austin, Texas for the South East Interscholastic Sailing Association Fall Collegiate Championship Regatta. Both teams went on to claim victory by the end of the regatta. The coed squad earned the top spot of the weekend, scoring a total of 20 points. The women’s team was first among the five competing teams with 41 points, beating the second place team, Texas, by 20 points.

Leading up to the Halloweekend regatta, both teams were considered among the best college teams in the country. The coed squad was ranked 11th in the College Sailing rankings, while the women’s team was ranked second in the entire country. Despite being such a young program, the Tulane sailing program has gone toe-to-toe with some of the country’s historically-great college sailing programs. 

The team also competed in the Atlantic Coast Championship on Oct. 24. The Tulane coed team climbed up the rankings to finish fifth out of the 18 competing teams. The team scored 157 points during the regatta, just three points shy of fourth place Stanford University. The Green Wave performed well against some tough competition, as all but one of the competing teams were ranked in the top 20. 

Coach Charles Higgins already has an impressive resume with the Olive and Blue in his three years coaching the team. Since the team was elevated from a club sport to Division I in the 2018-19 season, he has helped to lead his athletes to many individual and team awards. Senior Ciara Rodriguez-Horan has won two SEISA Women’s Singlehanded Championships at Tulane, and both teams have consistently ranked in the top 20 during Higgins’ tenure as coach. 

The Green Wave will be back on the water this weekend, as the team will host the Tulane Women’s Invitational here in New Orleans and travel to Annapolis, Maryland for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded National Championships.