KINGS POINT, N.Y. -- The Washington College sailing team finished fifth of eight teams at the Team Race Challenge, hosted by Merchant Marine, this weekend. The top two finishing teams at the regatta qualified for the final two spots in next weekend's Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Championships.
Due to high winds (28 knots on average with gusts to 40) on Saturday, the regatta was limited to a single round robin which sailed on Sunday. Hobart/William Smith went 6-1 to claim first place, while the University of Pennsylvania was second at 5-2, winning the head-to-head tie-breaker with third-place Georgetown. Cornell and Washington each finished 4-3, but Cornell won that head-to-head tie-breaker to place fourth. Merchant Marine and Hampton both went 2-5 with Merchant Marine taking sixth via the head-to-head tie-breaker. Christopher Newport went 0-7 and finished eighth.
Washington's wins came against Hampton, Christopher Newport, Merchant Marine, and Hobart/William Smith, handing the latter of those teams its only loss.
Senior skipper Ryan Bailey (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) sailed with sophomore crew Karlyn Long (Louisville, Colo./Fairview) for Washington, junior skipper Eric Siegel (Kilmarnock, Va./Christchurch School) sailed with freshman crew Griff Rodrigue (Fort Mill, S.C./Charlotte Catholic [N.C.]), and senior skipper Eleanor Conroy (West Dennis, Mass./Tabor Academy) sailed with ffreshman crew Lindsey Arnstein (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown).
The Washington College sailing team will return to action April 18th and 19th at the Navy Spring.