MADISON, WIS. — The College of Charleston won four of the first 18 races in the ICSA women’s sailing championship Thursday and has a hefty lead heading into today’s final day of the 18-team regatta.

The Cougars have 59 points, with Boston College next at 94 on Lake Mendota. The Charleston duo of Allie Blecher and Alyssa Aitken lead in A division with 22 points and

recorded the Cougars’ four wins. Boston College is next with 50. Shannon Heausler and Becca Bestoso have 37 points in B division to lead Brown (41).

The Cougars are seeking their first women’s title since 2006.

College tennis

College of Charleston senior Holly Dowse and junior Emma Hayman battled DePaul's Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic for just under three hours at the first round of the NCAA women's tennis doubles championships, before falling, 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, in Athens, Ga.

The 37th-ranked duo defeated the 18th-ranked Blue Demons in the first set after Redecsi and Salkovic returned from a 6-4 deficit to force a tiebreak situation. But the DePaul duo the final two sets at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"It was a tough loss," said head coach Angelo Anastopaulo. "In order to win a first round match at the NCAA Championships, you have to be at your best and DePaul was certainly at their best.

It was just a great collegiate tennis match."

Dowse, from Australia, and Hayman, from New Zealand, finish the 2010 season with a 17-7 record as College of Charleston's top doubles team.

Governor's Cup billfishing

Although small craft warnings were not posted early Thursday morning, all 39 boats participating in the 43rd annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament elected to use the scheduled opening day as their lay day. That means all of the participants in the second event of the 2010 South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series will use today and Saturday as fish days.

The next event in the five-tournament series is the inaugural Carolina Billfish Classic, which will be fished June 23-26 out of Charleston Harbor Marina, Georgetown Landing and Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island.

Track and field

Charleston Southern's Gabrielle Houston did not advance out of her heat in the women's 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor championship regional meet hosted by North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

She ran 11.62 seconds, finishing fourth in her heat and 25th overall, missing a spot in the next round by 0.01 seconds.

--College of Charleston sophomore Emily Smith tied for 25th place in the women's high jump at the NCAA regional at N.C. A&T. Smith tied her season-best performance of 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

The top 12 advanced to the NCAA championships next month in Oregon.