TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- The Washington College sailing team finished seventh of 18 teams at the Central Fall #1, hosted by Ocean County College, and 20th of 20 teams at the Nevins Trophy, hosted by Merchant Marine, this weekend.
At the Central Fall #1, sophomore skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, Va./Christchurch School) and freshman crew Karlyn Long (Louisville, Colo./Fairview) were 10th in A Division, while freshman skipper Matt McDermaid (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach) and freshman crew Hannah Schmidt (Trappe, Md./Easton) placed sixth in B Division. McDermaid and Schmidt finished in the top six in eight of the 18 B Division races, finishing second in the eighth race of the division. Siegel and Long placed in the top six in eight of the 18 A Division races, taking second in the 16th race.
University of Pennsylvania won the Central Fall #1, followed by seventh-ranked St. Mary's in second and 11th-ranked Navy in third. Twelve of the 18 races in each division were completed on Saturday with the remaining six in each division sailing on Sunday.
At the Nevins Trophy, Washington initially finished in 18th place but failure to sign official regatta paperwork dropped the team to 20th. Before that penalty, junior skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) and sophomore crew Alex Crawford (Annapolis, Md./Severna Park) were 15th in A Division, junior skipper Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, Mass./Tabor Academy) and sophomore crew Siobhan Ryan (Aberdeen, N.J./St. John Vianney) were 19th in B Division, and freshman Alex Smith (Wantagh, N.Y./General Douglas MacArthur) placed 19th in the single-handed C Division.
Only four races in A and B Divisions and three in C Division were sailed on Saturday at the Nevins Trophy as strong winds in the afternoon created big waves. Six A and B and seven C Division races sailed on Sunday for a total of 10 races in each division. Second-ranked Stanford won the Nevins Trophy, followed by 10th-ranked Harvard in second and eighth-ranked Charleston in third. Fifteen of the current Sailing World Co-Ed Top 20 teams raced at the Nevins Trophy
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team is scheduled to compete at the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts and the St. Mary's Intersectional.