WC Sailing Goes Undefeated to Win Team Race Challenge

Washington Qualifies for Prosser Trophy

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The host Washington College sailing team posted a perfect 18-0 head-to-head record to win the seven-team Team Race Challenge held yesterday and today on the Chester River.  The performance qualified Washington, along with second-place Cornell, for one of the final two spots at the Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Championships, to be hosted in two weeks by Hobart and William Smith.

Three full round robins, for a total of 63 races, were conducted during the regatta as 52 of those races were completed on Saturday. Sophomore Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South), senior Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's), and junior Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) skippered for Washington on Saturday while senior Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School), freshman Alex Crawford (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park), sophomore Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's Belfield), and sophomore Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, MA/Tabor Academy) served as crews.  Washington had already clinched the regatta victory by the end of the long day of Saturday racing with a 15-0 record and three wins over second-place Cornell. 

The remaining 11 races in the regatta sailed on Sunday. Bailey, Conroy, and freshman Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, VA/Christchurch School) were Washington's skippers for the team's three Sunday races. Lawler, Crawford, and freshman Siobhan Ryan (Aberdeen, NJ/St. John Vianney) were the team's crews. 

Cornell, which had been practicing in Chestertown all week during its spring break, finished with a 15-3 head-to-head record, losing only yo Washington. Fordham was third at 10-8, Virginia fourth at 9-9, New York Maritime fifth at 5-13, Webb Institute sixth at 4-14, and Buffalo seventh at 2-16.

The Washington College sailing team will have next weekend off before returning to competition at the Prosser Trophy.