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Champions!The Tufts women’s sailing team earned its eighth national championship with a dominating showing in Michigan. Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [06.06.03] Following three days of intense competition, the Tufts women's sailing team won the 2003 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's North American Championship, capturing its eighth national championship at the annual event. The first place showing capped off a dominating performance by the Tufts sailors, who include two All-Americans.

"Tufts handily won the championship," reported the Hawaii Star Bulletin. "The Jumbos led from the first race and finished the three-day regatta with 159 points."

St. Mary's College and Old Dominion University finished second and third, respectively.

Ranked seventh when they entered the championship on Monday, the Tufts team led the pack by 21 points following the first two days of racing.

"Tufts is one of the best programs in the country overall, so it's not a surprise that they won," University of Hawaii sailing coach Andy Johnson told the Ka Leo O Hawaii newspaper. "I was surprised they took such a commanding lead the first two days."

The victory added another highlight to the team's long-term record at the annual event, which already included 11 first and second place finishes over the last two decades.

On Thursday, Tufts sailors logged another set of impressive performances in the first round of the Team Race Championships, which began after the women's championships concluded.

In team racing, each team has three boats that race against another team's three boats. The six boats race around the course and the team with the lowest combination of finishes is declared the winner.

Tufts posted six wins and no losses, ranking them atop the standings heading into the second day of team race competition.

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