Smith Represents WC at Laser Qualifier South, Finishes 18th
NORFOLK, Va. — The Washington College sailing team finished 13th of 17 teams at the Riley Cup, hosted by Old Dominion, this weekend. Junior Alex Smith (Wantagh, N.Y./General Douglas MacArthur), meanwhile, represented Washington at the Laser Qualifier South, hosted by Navy and placed 18th of 20 sailors.
How It Happened
- Washington finished 11th in A Division and 14th in B Division.
- In A Division, Eric Siegel skippered races one through six, while Matt McDermaid skippered races seven through 12 for WC. Lindsey Arnstein served as A Divison crew for the first 10 races, while Siegel crewed for McDermaid in the final two. Siegel and Arnstein finished second in the fifth A Division race.
- Freshman Paul Hart made his collegiate sailing debut as WC's B Division skipper, sailing with crew Karlyn Long in the first and second and fifth and sixth races. Griff Rodrigue sailed the remaining B Division races with Hart. A ninth-place finish in the sixth race by Hart and Long was WC's top B Division finish.
- Georgetown captured first and second place at the regatta, sending two separate squads. St. Mary's, which also sent two squads, placed third and fifth, while host Old Dominion took fourth and sixth.
- Eight A Division and six B Division races sailed on Saturday. The remaining four A Division and six B Division races were completed on Sunday.
- Saturday: An off-shore breeze quickly shifted to a southerly that continued all day at 13-24 knots.
- Sunday: A breeze was 10-16 knots out of the northwest shifting to the left for a west-northwest breeze throughout the day.
Laser Qualifier South
How It Happened
- Smith's best race in the 13 races held at the Laser Qualifier South was a 14th-place finish in the 10th race.
- The top six finishing sailors - Georgetown's Greg Martinez (first place), George Washington's Brendan Shanahan (second), Navy's Gary Prieto (third) and Addison Hackstaff (fourth), George Washington's Daniel DelBello (fifth), and Markus Edegran (sixth) of St. Mary's - qualified for the Carl Van Duyne Trophy, the MAISA Men's Singles Championship.
- Five races sailed on Saturday and another eight on Sunday.
- Saturday: Approaching storms caused a postponement in the morning. Following the postponement, racing was completed in a breeze about 15 knots out of the southeast. The wind decreased throughout the day and during race five, a rain squall moved through in swirling winds. Eventually, the wind totally died and racing was called for the day.
- Sunday: The wind blew from the northwest at 10-15 knots all day under partly cloudy skies.
Up Next for the Washington College Sailing Team
9/19&20 @ Nevins Trophy (hosted by Merchant Marine)
9/19&20 @MAISA Central Fall Qualifier (hosted by Monmouth)
- The top four finishing teams at the Central Fall Qualifier will qualify for the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships.