AUSTIN, TX -- The Washington College sailing team finished 14th of 18 teams at the ICSA Women's National Semifinal held yesterday and today in Austin, Texas. The top nine finishing teams from the regatta advanced to compete against nine pre-qualified teams in the ICSA Women's National Championship, which will begin later today.
Sister Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy), who gaduated from WC earlier this month, and Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy), who will be a sophomore in the fall, split skippering duties in A Division to drive the team to a 16th-place finish in the division. Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield), a rising sophomore, and Maggie Smith (Annapolis, MD/Garrison Forest), a rising senior, split time at crew in A Division.
In B Division, rising sophomore skipper Mackenzie Needham (Shelter Island, NY/Shelter Island) and rising junior crew Erin McAuliffe (Germantown, MD/Good Counsel) placed 14th. Needham and McAuliff finished third in the first and seventh B Division races, Washington's highest finishes of the regatta.
The nine teams who advanced out of the semifinal into the national championship regatta were, in finishing order: Connecticut College, College of Charleston, Brown, Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hawaii, St. Mary's, and Eckerd. They join Boston College, Georgetown, Michigan, Navy, Stanford, South Florida, Texas, Western Washington, and Yale in competing for the national championship.
This marked the first appearance for Washington College in the ICSA Women's National Semifinal. The team has qualified for the ICSA Co-Ed National Semifinals each of the past five years.