Cornell University Elevates Women’s Sailing to Varsity StatusMichael Buteau
Cornell University elevated its women’s sailing program to varsity status, joining Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale and 10 other schools that offer the fully funded sport for women.
Women’s sailing, which previously existed at the club level at the school in Ithaca, New York, becomes Cornell’s 37th varsity sport and 19th for women. Only Harvard (41), Brown (38) and Princeton (38) offer more varsity sports. Ohio State and Stanford have 36 varsity sports.
It’s the first varsity sport added at Cornell since equestrian was elevated to varsity status for the 1995-96 school year.
Cornell will continue to compete against both varsity and club programs in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, which is governed by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association.
The Big Red becomes the 14th Division I school to offer women’s sailing as a varsity sport, a list that includes Ivy League competitors Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale. Other Division I programs with women’s varsity sailing include Boston College, College of Charleston, George Washington, Georgetown, Hampton, Hawaii, Navy, Old Dominion, South Florida and Stanford.