CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College sailing team received votes in this fall's first regular-season Sailing World National Co-Ed Top 20, released yesterday. Washington College received 12 vote-points, 13 behind the 20th team in the rankings - the University of Wisconsin.
Washington College opened its fall season last weekend with an 11th-place finish at the highly-competitive Anderson Trophy, an intersectional held at Yale, and a second-place finish at Old Dominion's Riley Cup, featured MAISA teams.
At the Anderson Trophy, 11 of the 17 competing teams were ranked in the preseason top 20 and sent their top sailors to compete in a season-opening showdown. Washington finished ahead of two of those schools - New York Maritime and Boston University. New York Maritime was ranked 19th in the preason rankings and remained in that spot this week. Boston University was ranked 18th in the preaseason, but dropped out of the rankings this week, finishing with 19 vote-points.
The Washington College sailing team will compete this weekend at Merchant Marine's Nevins Trophy and the first of two MAISA Championship Qualifiers for Central schools, hosted by Ocean County. The top four finishing MAISA Central schools at that qualifier will qualify for the War Memorial (the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships). The remaining MAISA Central Schools will get another chance to qualify at Washington College's own Washington College Open in October. The top two finishing MAISA Central teams at that regatta that did not previously qualify will take the final two MAISA Central spots at the War Memorial.