The women's sailing team climbed to a program-best No. 11 national ranking after a strong third-place finish at Boston University's President's Trophy.

The boat of Kaylee Schwitzer '15 and Ayaka Okawa '14 led the way for Bowdoin, winning the 13-team A division ahead of Yale and Brown for the sailors' first divisional victory. Schwitzer and Okawa were named the NEISA Women's Sailors of the Week following their accomplishment.

The coed team, which placed 10th of 15 this past weekend at Harvard's Central Series 3, climbed to a national ranking three places higher than last season.

Coach Frank Pizzo said the team's success is in part due to its strong lineup. Not only does the team now boast "people who have been in the system for a couple of years," and "a talented first year class," but this season also brought a refocused, restructured practice schedule. "We have figured out a system to get better," said Pizzo.

This season, the Polar Bears have long practices three days a week instead of four shorter practices each week. The attitude at practice has also shifted toward a "commitment to learning and developing, and not being all that obsessed with the results," said Pizzo.

This weekend, the coed team will travel to Harvard to compete against the 18 best teams in New England in the spring championship. The women will visit the Coast Guard Academy for the Emily Wick Trophy, an inter-conference regatta with the nation's top teams.

-Compiled by Clare McLaughlin.