CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College head sailing coach Josh Putnam has announced that seniors Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) will serve as the team's captains for the 2012-13 academic year.
This will be Lawler's second year in a row serving as a co-captain. He has sailed as a crew in an Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Co-Ed National Semifinal regatta each of the past three years. He was named the team's Most Valuable Sailor for the 2010-11 season and has five career first-place divisional finishes at collegiate regattas to his credit.
Bedinger was named his team's Most Improved Sailor as a freshman in 2009-10 and sailed in an ICSA Co-Ed National Semifinal for the first time last spring. He was a skipper on the winning team (which was otherwise comprised of first- and second-year collegiate sailors) at last spring's Washington College 2-on-2 Team Race.
The Washington College sailing team advanced to an ICSA Co-Ed National Semifinal for the fifth consecutive year and to the ICSA Women's National Semifinal for the first time ever last spring. The team is scheduled to open its fall 2012 season September 8th and 9th at four regattas - Yale's Anderson Trophy, Old Dominion's Riley Cup, and Navy's Laser South and Women's Radial Open regattas.