Blouin Posts 10th Career First-Place Divisional Finish
TOMS RIVER, NJ -- Senior skipper Conner Blouin (Tampa, FL/Jesuit) turned in the 10th first-place divisional finish of his collegiate career as the 17th-ranked Washington College sailing team finished second of 18 teams at the Ocean County College Fall Open held this weekend in Toms River, NJ.
Blouin and freshman crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) won A Division by eight points, finishing third, first, second, second, second, second, third, seventh, and first, respectively, in the eight A Division races. The first-place finish in the division was the first of Lawler's collegiate career.
Washington was fourth in B Division. Sophomore skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and junior crew Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang, MA) sailed in the first five and the ninth B Division races, winning the first, fourth, and ninth races. Freshman skipper Amanda Anastasia (Boston, MA/Boston Latin School) and freshman crew Emily Fetherston (Exeter, RI/Lincoln School) sailed in the sixth, seventh, and eighth B Division races, making their collegiate debuts. Their sixth-place finish in the seventh race was their best of the regatta.
Top-ranked St. Mary's won the regatta, while seventh-ranked Navy was third and Pennsylvania was fourth. Host Ocean County rounded out the top five. Penn and Ocean County qualified for the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships, by being the top two finishing club-level teams at the regatta. As varsity teams, St. Mary's, Washington, and Navy, receive automatic bids to the War Memorial.
All 18 races of the regatta - nine in each division - were sailed on Saturday under blue skies with 70-degree temperatures and light winds of 3-7 knots. No races were sailed on Sunday due to a nearly complete absence of breeze as a light wind from the west topped out at just one knot. Washington College head coach Joah Putnam had planned to have sophomore crew Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sail some races on Sunday, but the unfavorable conditions postponed Bedinger's collegiate debut.
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team is scheduled to compete at the St. Mary's Open and Hobart/William Smith's North Fall #1.