MADISON, WIS. -- The College of Charleston women's sailing team won the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) women's national championship for the second time in five years, by a convincing 25-point margin over 2008 winner Boston College on Friday.
The Cougars, with 84 points, defeated the Eagles, who had 109 points after 20 races.
Shannon Heausler and Allison Blecher earned ICSA women's All-America honors with Blecher taking home the Quantum Women's Sailor of the Year Award. It was the first time a College of Charleston sailor had won the award since Alana O'Reilly earned the honor in 2006. The award, given to the top collegiate women's sailor in the country, was announced at a banquet Friday night.
Charleston, which last won the title in 2006, finished second last year, getting edged by Yale by just nine points.
Wind conditions allowed for only two races to be sailed Friday, but a dominant performance by Blecher and Alyssa Aitken in the A-Division on Thursday gave the Cougars a sizeable lead they would not relinquish. Their finishes of 1-2-2-1-1-2-1-4-2-6, for a low score of 22 kept the Cougars on top of the standings.
The Cougars will now compete in the ICSA/APS Team Race national championship today through Monday.
Mauldin High School offensive lineman Ryan Norton (6-4, 275) formally committed to Clemson following his spring game. Norton had also considered Georgia Tech and USC but always had Clemson out front. Norton is a center and will be used as an interior lineman with the Tigers.
Track and field
South Carolina hurdler Johnny Dutch ran the second-fastest time in the world this year and is one of six Gamecocks who have earned the right to compete in the NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., after the second day of competition at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C.
Dutch, a junior cruised to a personal best 48.12 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles, capping an undefeated regular season in the event.
--Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston qualified for the 200-meter quarterfinals with a time of 23.69 second. The time was good enough for second in her heat and 13th overall. The quarterfinals are today.
-- at 7:50 p.m. with the top 12 advancing to Eugene, Ore.