Washington Finishes with 2-5 Record
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The host Washington College sailing team finished sixth of eight teams in the Tom Noble Team Race held yesterday and today on the Chester River.
The regatta was limited to one full round-robin and a sail-off for second and third place thanks to challenging conditions throughout the weekend. A total of just eight races sailed on Saturday due to extremely strong winds. Sunday saw light winds and a very low tide as the remaining 20 round-robin races and the sail-off were completed.
Washington finished with a 2-5 head-to-head record in the regatta. Senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman crew Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School), senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School), and sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and freshman crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield0 comprised Washington's line-up for the two Saturday races. Whitford and Strong, freshman skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) and freshman crew TJ Heisr (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City), and junior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) and Lawler comprised the line-up for Sunday's first race. Washington's remaining four races were sailed by Whitford and Heist, Conroy and Lawler, and Fitzgerald and Strong.
Thirteenth-ranked Navy won the Tom Noble Team Race with a 6-1 record. 19th-ranked New York Maritime and seventh-ranked Georgetown each finished with a 5-2 round-robin record and New York Maritime won the sail-off for second place. 20th-ranked Boston University (4-3), Rhode Island (4-3), Washington, Virgina (2-5), and Princeton (0-7) rounded out the field.
The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at the Graham Hall Team Race, hosted by Navy.