Seventeen of Nation's Top 20 Teams Compete
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The 13th-ranked Washington College sailing team finished 17th of 20 teams at Navy's Truxtun Umsted regatta held yesterday and today. Seventeen of the schools ranked in the current Sailing World National Co-Ed Top 20 competed at the four-division regatta, comprised of two dinghy divisions and two single-handed divisions.
Senior skipper Conner Blouin (Tampa, FL/Jesuit) and freshman crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) finished eighth in A Division for WC. They won the first A Division race and finished in the top nine in 11 of the division's 19 races.
Sophomore skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and junior crew Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang, MA) were fifth in B Division. They were in the top six in 10 of the division's 19 races, winning a pair and finishing second in two others.
Sophomore Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) was 19th in C Division, while junior crew Max Kurland (Sharon, CT/Hotchkiss School) finished 20th in D Division.
Sixth-ranked Brown won the regatta by 61 points, excelling in the single-handed divisions as they won both C and D Divisions. Eleventh-ranked Hobart/William Smith was second, while third-ranked St. Mary's was third.
Saturday's first six races in each division sailed in a light Southeasterly breeze. Four more races sailed in each division - save for the 10th D Division race, which was abandoned when the breeze died - sailed in a five-knot Southerly later in the day. Nine more races were sailed in each division on Sunday in a light and shifty South-Southeasterly wind.
The Washington College sailing team will compete at the Boston Dinghy Cup, hosted by Harvard and M.I.T., next weekend.