Washington College Sailing Finishes Second at Riley Cup

Washington College Sailing Finishes Second at Riley Cup

Washington College Also 11th at Anderson Trophy

NORFOLK, VA -- The Washington College sailing team opened its season at two regattas this weekend, highlighted by a second-place finish among 17 teams at Old Dominion's Riley Cup.  Washington also placed 11th of 17 teams at Yales's Anderson Trophy.

At the Riley Cup, Washington place third in both A Division and B Division. Senior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sailed with freshman crews Alexandra Crawford (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) and Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchuch School) to win three A Division races and finish in the top five in nine of the 12 races in the division. Sophomore skipper Dan Ricker (Fairhaven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) sailed with sophomore crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) and Siegel to win two B Division races and finish in the top seven in every race in the division.

Fifteenth-ranked host Old Dominion won the Riley Cup with 85 points. Washington was second with 100, while 12th-ranked Navy was third with 113. Top-ranked Georgetown finished fifth at the regatta. Eight races in each division sailed on Saturday in a southerly breeze which built from 8-10 knots to 12-17 knots. Four more races in each division were completed on Sunday in a 10-15 knot northwest breeze which died as the day continued. 

At the Anderson Trophy, junior skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) sailed with senior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and sophomore crew Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) to place ninth in A Division, while sophomore skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) sailed with senior crew Maggie Smith (Annapolis, MD/Garrison Forest) and sophomore crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) to finished 12th in B Division.

Second-ranked host Yale won the Anderson Trophy with 62 points, 10th-ranked Dartmouth was second with 73, and seventh-ranked Brown finished third with 85. Washington finished with 151. Eight other nationally-ranked teams competed at the regatta. Fifth-ranked Roger Williams was fourth, 11th-ranked Tufts fifth, ninth-ranked St. Mary's sixth, 13th-ranked Harvard eighth, 16th-ranked MIT ninth, 17th-ranked Connecticut College 10th, 19th-ranked New York Maritime 12th, and 18th-ranked Boston University 14th. Six races in each division sailed on Saturday in a breeze which gusted 10 over 18 knots with large waves. Two more races were sailed in each division on Sunday before the breeze died.

The Washington College sailing team is scheduled to compete at the Nevins Trophy, hosted by Merchant Marine, and the Central Fall #1, hosted by Ocean County, next weekend.