Published June 05. 2014 4:00AM
St. Mary's City, Md. — The Connecticut College and Coast Guard Academy coed sailing teams advanced Wednesday to the finals of the Gill National Dinghy Championships.
The top nine teams from each division qualified from the semifinal round.
Conn College, ranked 16th in the country, placed first in the Eastern Division with 48 points, followed by Georgetown with 49 and the College of Charleston with 64. Coast Guard took eighth (80 points).
Finals will begin today and end Friday in St. Mary's City, Md.
"The conditions really favored us," Conn coach Jeff Bresnahan said. "We really felt like we were sailing at home. We just worked together and stayed focused. Having seniors like IG and Kevin leading us and performing at a higher level has really galvanized our entire team. We are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting two days of sailing against the nation's top teams in the finals."
Senior skipper IG Schottlaender and junior Kim Bolick coasted to a victory in the B division for the Camels, scoring 18 points.
In the A division, All-New England performers Kevin Martland and Lea Bushnell scored 30 points en route to a third-place finish.
For Coast Guard, Avery Fanning, Robert Turley and Jaimie Chicoine finished sixth in the A Division with 43 points. In the B Division, Nikole Barnes and Justine Morrison finished seventh with 37.
All points are now cleared for the finals.
H.S. track & field
• Old Lyme High School's Jared Stanland won the boys' discus at the Class S state championship, finishing with a throw of 156 feet, 8 inches.
Also, the Old Lyme boys' 4x800 relay team of Nicholas McKnight, Stuart Ross, Jeff Davis and Jack Castonguy was first in 8 minutes, 13.72 seconds. Ross was sixth in the 1,600 (4:35.45). Old Lyme finished tied for 10th in the team standings with 25 points.
In the girls' meet, Old Lyme's Kaylyn Wiese was second in the pole vault (9-0) and Samantha Lee was fifth in the 400 (1:00.31).
• The UConn men's and women's basketball teams will be honored at the White House on Monday afternoon. The two programs won national championships last season.
President Obama is scheduled to meet with the Huskies at about 4 p.m.