WC Sailing 9th in Washington College Open, 14th at Navy Fall Intersectional

CHESTERTOWN, MD  -- The Washington College sailing team finished ninth of 11 teams in the Washington College Open, the team's only home regatta of the fall, and 14th of 18 teams at the Navy Fall Intersectional this weekend.

Four WC sailors made their collegiate debuts at the Washington College Open - freshman crews Adam Green (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley), freshman crew Jackie DeSoto (Port Tobacco, MD/Henry E. Lackey), and Keaton Bresnahan (Millersville, MD/Old Mill) and sophomore crew Courtney Fussell (Frederick, MD/Linganore).

Freshman skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) sailed with freshman crew Richard Grouser (Rosenhayn, NJ/Saint Augustine Prep), Green, and Bresnahan to finish eighth in A Division. Siegel and Grouser won the first A Division race. Freshman skipper Siobhan Ryan (Aberdeen, NJ/St. John Vianney) sailed with DeSoto and Fussell to place 11th in B Division.

Eighth-ranked St. Mary's won the Washington College Open, which was the second of two MAISA Central qualifying regattas for the War Memorial, the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships. Stevens finished second and 11th-ranked Navy was third. Princeton was fourth, followed by Christopher Newport and Drexel in fifth and sixth, respectively. Drexel and Princeton qualified for the War Memorial as the highest two finishing MAISA Central teams at the regatta which had not already qualified.  Washington College qualified for the War Memorial last month with a fourth-place finish at Ocean County's Central Fall #1.

On Saturday, four races in each division were completed at the Washington College Open. Two A Division races were completed in a 5-8 knot north-northeast breeze in the morning before the wind died. The final six races of the day sailed in a shift 5-12 knot south-southeast breeze in the afternoon. The remaining five races in each division sailed Sunday in a a breeze that built to 16-20 knots.

The Navy Fall Intersectional featured four divisions of racing with A and B sailing two-person dinghies and C and D sailing singles. 

Junior skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) sailed with senior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) and sophomore crew Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) to place 14th in A Division. Senior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) sailed with freshman crew Alex Crawford (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park) and sophomore crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's Belfield) to place 16th in B Division. 

Sophomore Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) turned in Washington's best divisional finish at the Navy Fall Intersectional with a 10th-place finish in C Division. Sophomore TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) was 13th in D Division. 

Third-ranked College of Charleston won the Navy Fall Intersectional, top-ranked Georgetown was second, and fourth-ranked Brown was third.

The Washington College sailing team will compete at the Kings Point Dinghy Open, hosted by Merchant Marine, next weekend.