WC Sailing Qualifies for America Trophy with 3rd-Place Finish at Grant Trophy

WC Sailing Qualifies for America Trophy with 3rd-Place Finish at Grant Trophy

Team Secures One of Final Six Spots in MAISA Spring Co-Ed Championship Regatta

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. — The Washington College sailing team qualified for a spot at the America Trophy (the MAISA Spring Co-Ed Dinghy Championships) thanks to a third-place finish among 18 teams at the Leroy Grant Trophy this weekend at St. Mary's. The top six finishing teams at the Grant Trophy qualified for the final six spots at the America Trophy.

The Leroy Grant Trophy

How it Happened
- Washington placed fifth in A Division. Skipper Alex Smith and crew Allison Cochran sailed in A Division for Washington for the first two races and final four races in the division; skipper Hannah Schmidt and crew Ellie Lienert sailed the third through seventh A Division races. Washington's A Division race finishes, in order, were fourth, 10th, eighth, eighth, 10th, 10th, fourth, sixth, third, fifth, and third.
- Skipper Matt McDermaid and crew Lindsey Arnstein placed third in B Division for Washington. Their individual race finishes were, in order, fifth, fourth, sixth, third, sixth, sixth, fourth, ninth, seventh, first, and second. 

Notes
- The top six finishing teams at the Grant who qualified for the America Trophy were, in order, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington College, Stevens, Christopher Newport, and Queens (Canada) University. They will compete against 12 other teams at the America Trophy who had previously qualified - Merchant Marine, Georgetown, George Washington, Hobart/William Smith, Navy, Hampton, St. Mary's, Fordham, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, Cornell, and New York Maritime.
- Six A Division and four B Division races sailed on Saturday. Five A Division and seven B Division races sailed on Sunday.
- This year's America Trophy will be hosted  by Cornell University April 29th and 30th. The top nine fishing teams at that regatta will qualify for the 2017 ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship First Round. 

Up Next for the Washington College Sailing Team
4/22&23 @ Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup (hosted by Harvard & MIT)