April 18, 2010

#16 Washington Finishes 6th at America Trophy

WC Qualifies for ICSA Semifinals for Third Straight Year

ITHACA, NY -- The 16th-ranked Washington College sailing team finished sixth of 18 teams at the America Trophy, the MAISA Spring Co-Ed Dinghy Championships, this weekend. The top eight finishing teams at the regatta - which was hosted by Cornell - qualified for the ICSA National Co-Ed Dinghy Semifinals. This is the third consecutive year Washington has qualified for the ICSA Semifinals.

Senior skipper Conner Blouin (Tampa, FL/Jesuit) sailed with junior crew Max Kurland (Sharon, CT/Hotchkiss School), sophomore crew Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy), and freshman crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) to finish 10th in A Division. Blouin finished strong, placing first, first, and second in the final three A Division races. Blouin also skippered WC to two third-place finishes in the other A Division races.

Sophomore skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and junior crew Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang, MA) were fourth in B Division. Whitford and Hill won the third, fourth, eighth, ninth, 13th, and 14th, B Division races. They finished in the top five in a total of 10 B Division races.

Third-ranked St. Mary's won the regatta, while second-ranked Georgetown was second, New York Maritime was third, ninth-ranked Navy was fourth, and 11th-ranked Hobart/William Smith was fifth. 18th-ranked Old Dominion and Merchant Marine rounded out the top eight.

Saturday's races were sailed in a West wind of 10 knots in the morning which built to 15 knots from the Northwest later in the day. Ten A Division and eight B Division races sailed on Saturday. Six A Division and eight B Division races sailed on Sunday. Sunday began with morning rain and 8-12 knot wind out of the West-Northwest. By the end of the day, conditions turned sunny with wind of 5-10 knots out of the North.

Washington will sail at the ICSA Semifinal hosted by the College of Charleston May 1st and May 2nd. The second, fourth, sixth, and eighth place teams at this weekend's regatta head to Charleston while the other four top-eight teams will compete at the other ICSA Semifinal in Seattle.

The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at the Thompson Trophy, hosted by Coast Guard.

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