North Kingstown High School graduate Megan Bamford won a national title with the Boston College sailing team last week as the Eagles captured the 2018 Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Eagles bested 18 other collegiate boats en route to the championship. It was the third national title in program history and the first since 2012. The team also captured the National Championship in 2008.
“I’m proud of how the team prepared for this event all year and how well they handled the pressure of the event,’’ said head coach Greg Wilkinson. “They fought for every point throughout the regatta. I consider myself lucky to be a part of this incredible team.’’
Bamford sailed on the B Division team, which placed second in its bracket with 92 points. They finished first in three races, second place in two races and third in three more. Combined with the A Division squad, which placed seventh in its group, the Eagles tallied 246 points to edge College of Charleston. Hobart & Smith placed third with 258 points.
Bamford, a senior, has been a key member of the team throughout her four years in Chestnut Hill.
South County products are tourney bound
Memorial Day marks two things: the unofficial start of summer and the annual unveiling of the Division I college baseball bracket, which sets the course for the road to Omaha. Prout alum Mason Feole and South Kingstown product Liam McGill will be taking the journey this year, as their respective schools have punched their tickets to the dance.
Feole, who has been representing the University of Connecticut for the past two seasons, will be heading to Conway, South Carolina, in the Huskies’ quest to reach the super regional for the first time since 2011.
UConn snagged the second seed in the regional and will take on similarly-nicknamed Washington on Friday afternoon to start play, with hosts Coastal Carolina and Northeast Conference champions Long Island-Brooklyn locking horns later in the day.
Prior to hearing their name called, the Huskies spent last week competing in the American Athletic Conference tournament in Clearwater, Florida, where they lost the championship game on Saturday to East Carolina by a 4-3 score.
Feole made his only AAC tournament appearance in UConn’s opener, a 6-2 decision over Cincinnati on Wednesday where he struck out 11 while allowing five hits in seven innings of work to pick up his ninth win of the spring.
A significantly more challenging path awaits McGill as his Columbia squad will be heading south to Gainesville to take on defending national champion and No. 1 national seed Florida.
The Lions swept Yale in the best-of-three Ivy League championship series last week to earn their berth, winning a 15-inning thriller in the clinching game.
McGill earned second-team all-Ivy League honors by leading the Lions with a .319 batting average and 13 doubles.