GENEVA, NY -- The Washington College sailing team finished 12th of 16 teams at the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional this weekend. In addition, sophomore Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) placed 13th of 18 sailors at the Carl Van Duyne Trophy - the MAISA Men's Singles Championship - hosted by Navy this weekend.
At the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, senior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sailed with senior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and freshman Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) to place 12th in A Division. In B Division, sophomore TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) and Siegel shared skipper duties and sophomore Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman Richard Grouser (Rosenhayn, NJ/Saint Augustine Prep) split crew duties as Washington finished 12th in the division.
12th-ranked Navy won the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, while 20th-ranked New York Maritime was second and 11th-ranked Old Dominion was third. Eight races in each division sailed on Saturday in winds of 12-16 knots from the west. Four more races in each division sailed on Sunday in a shifty light breeze.
Bailey's highest individual race finish at the Carl Van Duyne Trophy was a third-place finish in the ninth race. Georgetown's Chris Barnard, Fordham's Olin Paine, St. Mary's John Wallace, and Georgetown's Nevin Snow finished in the top four spots, respectively, qualifying them for the ICSA Men's Single-Handed National Championships. Fourteen of the 18 races sailed on Saturday, beginning in an 8-12 knot southwesterly and finishing up in a 15-20 knot northwesterly. The remaining four races sailed on Sunday in light winds.
The Washington College sailing team will host the Washington College Open next weekend and will also compete at the Navy Fall Intersectional.