WC Sailing Finishes 7th at MAISA Women's, Qualifies for Women's Nationals First Round

WC Sailing Finishes 7th at MAISA Women's, Qualifies for Women's Nationals First Round

Washington Also Finishes Ahead of Eight Ranked Teams at Admiral's Cup

NORFOLK, VA -- The Washington College sailing team finished seventh of 12 teams at the MAISA Women's Spring Championships, hosted by Old Dominion, and ninth of 19 teams at the Admiral's Cup, hosted by Merchant Marine, this weekend. The seventh-place finish at the MAISA Women's Spring Championships qualified Washington for the first round of the ICSA Women's National Championships for the first time ever. Washington sailed against 16 nationally-ranked teams at the Admiral's Cup and finished ahed of eight of them.

At the MAISA Women's Spring Championships, senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) sailed with junior crew Maggie Smith (Annapolis, MD/Garrison Forest) and freshman crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) to place sixth in A Division. Smith sailed the first four races, while Towers sailed the final eight. Conroy and Towers won the final A Division race and were second in the eighth A Division race. 

Freshman skipper Mackenzie Needham (Shelter Island, NY/Shelter Island) sailed with sophomore crew Erin McAuliffe (Germantown, MD/Good Counsel) and freshman crew Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) to place fifth in B Division. McAuliffe sailed the first six and final four B Division races; Eleanor Conroy sailed races seven and eight. Needham and McAuliffe won the sixth B Division race. Needham and Eleanor Conroy were second in the eighth race of the division. 

Georgetown, tied for first in the latest Sailing World Women's Top 15, won the MAISA Women's Spring Championships, followed by eighth-ranked Navy in second. Those two teams automatically qualified for the final round of the ICSA Women's National Championship. Third-place St. Mary's, fourth-place Cornell, fifth-place William Smith, sixth-place Old Dominion, and Washington qualified for the first-round of the ICSA Women's National Championship. A total of 18 teams from across the nation will compete in the first round; the top nine of those teams will go on to face nine automatically-qualified teams in the final round. Both rounds will be held in Austin, TX, with the first round taking place May 30th and the final round taking place May 31s-June 2nd.

. The majority of the races at the MAISA Women's Spring Championships sailed on Saturday, with 10 A Division and eight B Division races being completed on day one. The remaining races sailed on Sunday.

At the Admiral's Cup, senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman crew Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) were sixth in A Division, recording five top-four race finishes. Sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) sailed with freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) and junior crew Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) to place 15th in B Division. Freshman skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) was sixth in C Division, finishing in the top nine in 13 of the division's 19 races. 

College of Charleston, ranked fifth in the latest Sailing World Co-Ed Top 20, won the Admiral's Cup, followed by fourth-ranked Stanford in second and second-ranked Georgetown in third. Washington finished ahead of 10th-ranked Dartmouth, top-ranked Yale, 14th-ranked Navy, 13th-ranked Wisconsin, third-ranked Roger Williams, eighth-ranked Hoabrt/William Smith, 17th-ranked Boston University, and 20th-ranked Connecticut College. Fourteen races in A Division and B Division and 13 in C Division sailed on Saturday. The remaining races sailed on Sunday.

The Washington College sailing team returns to action May 12th and 13th at the ICSA Co-Ed National Championships first round at Navy.