October 2, 2011

WC Sailing 8th at MAISA Women's Fall Championships, 6th at St. Mary's Open

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College sailing team placed eighth of 13 teams at the MAISA Women's Fall Championships (hosted by Cornell) and sixth of 16 teams at the St. Mary's Open for the Senator's Cup this weekend.

At the MAISA Fall Women's Championships,  freshman skipper Mackenzie Needham (Shelter Island, NY/Shelter Island) and freshman crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) were eighth in A Division, peaking with a third-place finish in the sixth race of the division. Washington was also eighth in B Division, sailing a variety of combinations.  Freshman Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) skippered the first 10 races and the 13th and final race of the division, while freshman Brogan Savage (Wall, NJ/Wall) skippered the 1th and 12th races.  Savage was Conroy's crew in the first six and the ninth and 10th races. Sophomore Erin McAuliffe (Germantown, MD/Good Counsel) was Conroy's crew for the seventh and eigth races and Savage's crew for the 11th and 12th races.  Needham was Conroy's crew for the final B Division race. Conroy and Savage got the team off to a strong start in B Division, finishing first, second, and first in the first three races.

Georgetown, ranked seventh in the Sailing World Women's Top 15, won the MAISA Fall Women's Championship, followed by 13th-ranked William Smith in second and Cornell in third. Eight races sailed in each division on Saturday in winds of 12-20 knots. The remaining five races in each division sailed on Sunday with winds from the North beginning at five to seven knots and increasing to 10-12 knots.

At the St. Mary's Open, sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Green Farms Academy) sailed with freshman crews Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) and Niko Snow (Glen Cove, NY/Portledge) to place fifth in A Division, finishing in the top six in 12 of the division's 16 races. Strong was Fitzgerald's crew in the first 12 races; Snow was the crew in the final four. Freshman skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) and freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) were fifth in B Division, finishing in the top six in 14 of the division's races. Freshman crew served as the team's spare.

Old Dominion, ranked 18th in the Sailing World Co-Ed Top 20, won the St. Mary's Open, followed by second-ranked St. Mary's in second and 16th-ranked Navy in third. Twelve races sailed in each division on Saturday; the remaining four races in each division sailed on Sunday morning. The regatta sailed in solid northwest breezes both days. 

Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team will compete at the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, the Tom Curtis, hosted by Georgetown, and the Carl Van Duyne Trophy - the MAISA Men's Singles Championships, hosted by Merchant Marine.

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