KINGS POINT, NY -- With a second-place finish at this weekend's Team Race Challenge, hosted by Merchant Marine, the Washington College sailing team has qualified for next month's Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Championships.
Eight schools (Cornell, Virginia, Fordham, Columbia, Villanova, Princeton, and Merchant Marine were the others) were competing for one of the the final two berths at the Prosser Trophy. Two full head-to-head round robins sailed on Saturday with Cornell (13-1), Washington (12-2), Virginia (11-3), and Fordham (8-6) occupying the top four spots at the end of the day. On Sunday, those four schools were slated to compete in a final four round robin, with the remaining schools to compete in a consolation round robin, to ultimately determine the order of finish, but a lack of wind on Sunday kept the sailors on shore until the regatta was finally called off in the afternoon. Saturday's standings then became final.
Senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City), senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman crew Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School), sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) opened the regatta sailing for Washington. Freshman Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) took over Conroy's skipper spot beginning with Washington's 10th race.
Saturday's races began in a wind of 4-10 knots from the north which switched to a 4-10 knot from the south toward the end of the day.
Washington and Cornell will compete against St. Mary's, Hobart/William Smith, Navy, New York Maritime, Georgetown, and Old Dominion at the Prosser Trophy April 7th and 8th. St. Mary's will be the host.
The Washington College sailing team returns to action next weekend at the Boston Dinghy Cup, hosted by Harvard and MIT.