Washington College Sailing Fourth at Central Fall Qualifier #1

Washington College Sailing Fourth at Central Fall Qualifier #1

Finish Earns Berth in War Memorial; WC Also 16th at Nevins Trophy

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Washington College sailing team finished fourth of 18 teams at the MAISA Central Fall Qualifier #1 this weekend, hosted by Ocean County. By virtue of being one of the top-four finishing MAISA Central teams at the regatta, Washington qualifies for the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships. Washington also competed at Merchant Marine's Nevins Trophy this weekend, finishing 16th of 20 teams.

At the Central Fall #1, senior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) and freshman crew Siobhan Ryan (Aberdeen, NJ/St. John Vianney) finished seventh in A Division, while freshman skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) and sophomore crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) placed third in B Division. Siegel, who was sailing in his first collegiate regatta, drove Washington to top-six finishes in all 10 of the division's races.

All of the racing at the Central Fall #1 was completed in a 10-12 knot breeze on Saturday. Sunday saw a lack of wind resulting in no further races. Thirteenth-ranked Navy won the regatta, followed by Stevens in second and ninth-ranked St. Mary's in third. 

At the Nevins Trophy, junior skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) and senior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) were 17th in A Division, while sophomore skipper Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) sailed with sophomore crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's Belfield) and senior crew Maggie Smith (Annapolis, MD/Garrison Forest) to place 19th in B Division. Sophomore Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) sailed in the single-handed C Division for Washington, finishing 10th.

Second-ranked Georgetown won the Nevins Trophy followed by third-ranked Charleston in second and ninth-ranked St. Mary's in third. Fifteen of the current Sailing World Co-Ed Top 20 teams competed in the regatta. Twelve races in A and B and 11 races in C Division sailed in 12-20 knot winds from the north-northwest on Saturday. The remaining four A, four B, and five C Division races sailed on Sunday in light winds. 

Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team is scheduled to compete at the Hood Trophy (hosted by Tufts) and the St. Mary's Intersectional.