April 17, 2011

WC Sailing 8th at America Trophy, Qualifies for ICSA National Semifinals

Strong Sailing on Sunday Moves WC Up Three Spots on Second Day

ST. MARY'S CITY, MD -- The Washington College sailing team finished eighth of 18 schools at the America Trophy, the MAISA Co-Ed Dinghy Spring Championships, this weekend at St. Mary's College. The top-eight finish at the regatta qualified Washington for the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Washington was in 11th place after the first day of racing, but a strong performance on Sunday propelled the team into qualifying for nationals. 

Junior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newtown, MA/Tabor Academy) had an exceptional weekend in B Division, sailing with sophomore crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School), and freshman crew Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) to finish sixth in the Division. Conroy skippered Washington to top-six finishes in 10 of the division's 17 races, including seven of the 10 Sunday races in the division.

Junior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) sailed with senior crew Max Kurland (Sharon, CT/Hotchkiss School) and sophomore crew Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) to place 10th in A Division. After finishing in the top 10 in just two of the eight A Division races sailed on Saturday, Whitford drove Washington to seven top-10 finishes in nine races on Sunday. 

Third-ranked Georgetown won the America Trophy, followed by sixth-ranked St. Mary's in second and eighth-ranked Navy in third. Places four through seven went to 10th-ranked Hobart/William Smith, 14th-ranked Old Dominion, New York Maritime, and Cornell, respectively.  20th-ranked Merchant Marine finished 11th.

The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at the Admiral's Cup, hosted by Merchant Marine. The ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinals will be held April 30th and May 1st in Long Beach, CA. The University of Southern California will be the host. 

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