Washington Also 16th at Top Nine Invitational
ST. MARY'S CITY, MD -- The 18th-ranked Washington College sailing team finished sixth of 18 teams at the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Championships, hosted by St. Mary's this weekend. Senior skipper Conner Blouin (Tampa, FL/Jesuit) skippered Washington to a third-place finish in A Division at the War Memorial, Washington's highest-ever A Division finish at the regatta. WC was also represented at Navy's Top Nine Invitational this weekend, finishing 16th of 17 teams overall.
At the War Memorial, Blouin sailed with freshman crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and junior crew Max Kurland (Sharon, CT/Hotchkiss School). Blouin drove WC to top-five finishes in 12 of the 18 A Division races, including wins in the first, second, fifth, and seventh races. The final finish of third place in A Division surpassed Washington's previous War Memorial A Division-best of fourth place first achieved by Carl Horrocks and Derek Packard at the 2005 War Memorial and equaled by Blouin, Krista Hankins, and James Shepherd last year. Washington's best ever finish in either division at the War Memorial was a second-place finish in B Division by Horrocks and Alexandria Starks in 2004.
Sophomore skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and junior crew Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang, MA) placed eighth in B Division at the War Memorial. Whitford and Hill finished in the top five in six of the division's 18 races.
Seventh-ranked host St. Mary's won the War Memorial by 29 points, winning both A and B Divisions. Third-ranked Georgetown, eighth-ranked Navy, 10th-ranked Hobart/William Smith, and 19th-ranked Old Dominion rounded out the top five. Saturday's first three races in each division were sailed in less than six knots from the South. Six more races sailed in each division in the afternoon in more than 10 knots from the South. Sunday brought rain and shifty northeasterly breezes for the final nine races in each division.
At the Top Nine Invitational, sophomore skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman crew Emily Fetherston (Exeter, RI/Lincoln School) were 14th in A Division, while freshman Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) and senior Keith Webber (Boston, MA/Boston Latin) alternated as skipper and crew in B Division and finished 17th. Bedinger skippered the first 10 B Division races, while Webber skippered the final seven. Conroy and Fetherston won the 12th A Division race and finished second in the 14th race in the division.
One of Hobart/William Smith's two squads of entrants at the Top Nine Invitational won the regatta. Navy "1" was second, while Navy "2" was third. The first 10 races sailed in each division on Saturday under cloudy skies with a light breeze and occasional rain. The remaining seven races in each division sailed on Sunday in light winds.
The Washington College sailing team returns to action November 14th and 15th at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championships, hosted by Harvard.