Blouin & Lawler Finish Fifth in A Division
NEW LONDON, CT -- The 16th-ranked Washington College sailing team finished eighth of 18 schools at the Thompson Trophy, hosted by Coast Guard, this weekend. Senior skipper Conner Blouin (Tampa, FL/Jesuit) and freshman crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) finished fifth in A Division for WC.
Blouin and Lawler finished in the top five in six of the 13 A Division races, winning the sixth race. Sophomore skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and junior crew Caroline Hill (Tiverton, RI/Bishop Stang, MA) placed 13th in B Division, winning the eighth B Division race.
Sixth-ranked Roger Williams won the regatta, followed by seventh-ranked College of Charleston in second and 11th-ranked Hobart/William Smith in third. Thirteen races were sailed in each division during the weekend. Saturday's races began with tough conditions with a strong Northerly that slowly died, but concluded with a nice breeze. Rain and no wind on Sunday kept the boats on the dock until 1:30, before three races were sailed in each division in a southeast breeze of 4-8 knots.
The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at an ICSA Co-Ed National Semifinal at the College of Charleston. The top nine finishers at that regatta will advance to the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championships June 1-3.