Siegel Skippers WC to Third-Place Finish in B Division
KINGS POINT, NY -- The Washington College sailing team finished seventh of 20 teams at the Kings Point Dinghy Open, hosted by Merchant Marine, this weekend.
Sophomore TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) skippered Washington to a 12th-place finish in A Division, sailing with senior Maggie Smith (Annapolis, MD/Garrison Forest), sophomore Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield), and sophomore Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy). Heist and Smith won the first A Division race.
In B Division, freshman skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) sailed with freshman Richard Grouser (Rosenhayn, NJ/Saint Augustine Prep), Smith, Conroy, and freshman Jackie DeSoto (Port Tobacco, MD/Henry E. Lackey) to finish third in B Division. Siegel finished in the top five in 10 of the division's 16 races, including a first-place finish with Conroy in the ninth B Division race.
Eighth-ranked St. Mary's won the Kings Point Dinghy Open, followed by 17th-ranked Fordham in second and 14th-ranked Hobart/William Smith in third.
After a long wait with no wind to start the regatta Saturday, races began in a west wind of 5-8 knots, which later filled in to 12-15 knots. Nine A Division and eight B Division races sailed on Saturday. The remaining races sailed on Sunday as the day began with a 5-8 knot northwesterly which later increased to 11-17 knots.
The Washington College sailing team will compete at the War Memorial - the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships - hosted by Merchant Marine and at the Top Nine Invitational, hosted by New York Maritime.