Whitford Drives Washington to Third-Place Finish in A Division at Nevins Trophy
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College sailing team placed 13th of 20 teams at the Nevins Trophy, hosted by Merchant Marine, and fifth of 16 teams at the Central Fall #1, hosted by Ocean County College, this weekend.
At the Nevins Trophy, senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) sailed with freshman crews TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) and Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) to finish third in A Division. Whitford drove Washington to top-five finishes in eight of the division's 20 races, winning the 10th race. Heist was Whitford's crew for the first 10 races, Strong for the final eight.
In B Division, senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) finished 14th. Their best single-race finish was third in the 14th B Division race. Freshman Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) sailed lasers for Washington in C Division and finished 10th.
Seventh-ranked Charleston, fourth-ranked Georgetown, and 12th-ranked Brown finished in the top three spots overall, respectively, at the Nevins Trophy. Twelve schools ranked in the current Sailing World National Co-Ed Top 20 competed at the regatta and Washington finished ahead of 14th-ranked Vermont, which finished 14th, and fifth-ranked Roger Williams, which finished 15th. Of the other eight schools competing, six - including Washington - received votes, but were not ranked in the latest top 20.
Ten races in each division of the Nevins Trophy sailed on Saturday in shifty winds of 4-12 knots from the northeast. The remaining eight races in each division sailed on Sunday in winds of 10-18 knots from the northeast.
At the Central Fall #1, sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and sophomore crew PJ Miller (Lawrenceville, NJ/Notre Dame) placed fifth in A Division, while freshman skipper Dan Ricker (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and freshman crew Brogan Savage (Wall, NJ/Wall) were fifth in B Division. Fitzgerald and Miller finished in the top five in nine of he 16 races in A Division, winning the eighth race. Ricker and Savage were in the top five in eight of the B Division races, winning the first.
Sixteenth-ranked Navy won the Central Fall #1, while Pennsylvania was second and ninth-ranked St. Mary's was third. Twelve A Division and 11 B Division races sailed on Saturday in winds out of the northeast from 8-12 miles per hour. The remaining races sailed on Sunday in winds out of the northeast at 16-20 miles per hour.
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team will be represented at the Hood Trophy (hosted by Tufts), the St. Mary's Intersectional, and the MAISA Laser Qualifer (hosted by Merchant Marine).