Cougars sailors Cooper, Schiff earn nationals berth

— College of Charleston sailors Clerc Cooper and Beka Schiff made a 1-2 overall finish at the SAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship held Saturday, earning a berth to the ICSA/ LaserPerformance Single-handed National Championships hosted by Sail Newport on Nov. 8-10 in Newport, R.I.

Cooper, a junior, won the conference championship laser event by a three-point margin (47 points) over Schiff, a sophomore at C of C (50 points). Cooper turned in eight top-5 finishes in the 12 overall races.

This marks the first trip to the women’s nationals for Cooper and Schiff. They will join sophomore teammates Enrique Arathoon and Dodge Rees, who qualified for the men’s nationals at the SAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship last weekend in Miami.

Cooper also helped the ninth-ranked CofC women’s sailing team place second at the SAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy Championship held Sunday on the Cooper River. She skippered A-Division to a second-place finish with senior crew Elizabeth Chambers sailing in a head-to-head tiebreaker with Eckerd College (37 points), who won the six-team conference championship regatta by a two-point margin over Charleston (39 points).

Senior Grace Lucas skippered B-Division to a third-place finish along with junior crew Morgan Buckley in races 1-6 and sophomore crew Charlotte Saxe in races 7-8.

Meanwhile, the C of C coed sailing team placed ninth out of 20 teams at the Danmark Trophy regatta hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

College of Charleston men’s and women’s swimming assistant coach Bora Yatagan was named interim head coach.

Yatagan was promoted after three successful seasons as the primary assistant coach under former head coach Bruce Zimmerman, who accepted a position to head the inaugural season of the swimming and diving program at Saginaw Valley State.

College of Charleston outside hitter Darcy Dorton was named the CAA co-offensive player of the week, the conference office announced Monday.

Dorton won her second conference honor of the season and the Cougars’ fourth CAA weekly award in 2013. She shared the honor with Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills.

A redshirt-senior, Dorton averaged 4.0 kills per set in road victories over JMU and William & Mary, running Charleston’s first-place conference record to 4-0. Dorton hit .319 on the weekend, while posting two double-doubles.

Charleston Southern’s Alia Nour won the individual Flight 7 singles title and Mi’Kola Cooper finished second in the Flight 9 bracket to lead the Buccaneers at the Duckworth Fall College Classic hosted by Clemson over the weekend.

The CSU duo also took home third place in the Flight 4 doubles bracket.

College of Charleston head cross country and track and field coach Amy Seago was inducted in to the Athletics Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Allegheny College.

An 11-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, Seago still stands as one of the most decorated cross country and track athletes in Allegheny College history.

The College of Charleston women shot two of the lowest rounds in school history to race out to an 11-stroke lead with a score of 1-over 577 (290-287) at the CSU Wendy’s Invitational at Rivertowne Country Club.

Host Charleston Southern is fifth at 610, while the Cougars’ B team is 10th (637) and The Citadel is 12th (664).