Bailey Qualifies for MAISA Men's Singles Championship
Washington College Sailing Also 14th at St. Mary's Intersectional, 18th at Hood Trophy
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Washington College sophomore Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) qualified for the Carl Van Duyne Trophy - the MAISA Men's Singles Championship - for the second consecutive year by finishing fourth of 18 sailors at the MAISA Laser Qualifier, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, this weekend. The Washington College sailing team also finished 14th of 18 teams at the St. Mary's Intersectional and 18th of 19 teams at the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts, this weekend.
Bailey finished in the top five in 12 of the 18 races at the MAISA Laser Qualifier, winning the 16th race. Races were held in a 6-15 knot southerly on Saturday and a 12-15 knot northwesterly on Sunday. Markus Edegran and Philip Youngberg, both of Navy, finished first and second at the regatta, while Evan Hoffman of Old Dominion was third. Navy's Devin Laviano and Old Dominion's Joseph David finished fifth and sixth to round out the MAISA Men's Singles Championship qualifiers. The Carl Van Duyne Trophy will be held at Navy October 6th and 7th.
At the St. Mary's Intersectional, junior skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and senior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) were ninth in A Division. In B Division, senior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sailed with sophomore crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) and freshman crew Richard Grouser (Rosenhayn, NJ/Saint Augustine Prep) to finish 15th in B Division.
Twelve races in each division were complete at St. Mary's on Saturday in southerly breezes of 8-15 knots. The remaining six races in each division sailed in a shifty northerly breeze on Sunday. Fourth-ranked Roger Williams won the regatta, followed by second-ranked Georgetown in second and 14th-ranked Old Dominion in third.
At the Hood Trophy, freshman skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) and sophomore crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's Belfield) were 18th in A Division. In B Division, sophomore skipper Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman crew Alex Crawford (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park) also finished 18th.
Light winds at the Hood Trophy on Saturday limited racing to six A Division and four B Division races. The remaining four A Division and six B Division races sailed in a shifty northwest wind of 8-16 knots on Sunday. Tenth-ranked host Tufts won the regatta, while top-ranked Yale was second and 13th-ranked Navy third.
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team will compete at the MAISA Women's Fall Championships, hosted by St. Mary's.