BRISTOL, R.I. — Earlier this month, US Sailing formally named the 17 sailors that will be representing the United States at the XVIII Pan American Games and former Washington College All-American sailor Conner Blouin '10, who also later served as the team's head coach, is amongst the athletes on the team.
This will be the second Pan Am Games for Blouin, who previously competed in 2015. He qualified to represent the U.S. as its Open Sunfish sailor by winning the 2019 United States Sunfish Class Association National Championship in Tampa at the end of March, outpacing the second-place finisher by 10 points.
Blouin told US Sailing, "I'm really excited to represent the U.S. at the Pan American Games. I broke my wrist in 2015 and came in very underprepared for the last round in Toronto. I was disappointed in my performance there. I couldn't be happier about getting a second chance."
While sailing at Washington College, Blouin was a two-year team captain, three-time team Most Valuable Sailor, two-time All-America honorable mention skipper, two-time All-MAISA selection, and 2010 first-team Academic All-American. At the end of his senior year, he became the second student-athlete in school history to win both the College's Senior Athletic Award, given to the top senior athlete, and the Alfred Reddish Award, given to the senior male athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. He sailed in the program's first three ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Semifinal regatta appearances and, in 2009, the team's first-ever appearance at the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship regatta. He finished his collegiate sailing career with a school-record 12 career divisional first-place finishes. With Blouin leading the way, the Washington College sailing team was consistently ranked in the ICSA Co-Ed National Top 20, peaking at eighth in the nation in 2009.
Blouin later served as the head sailing coach at Washington College for two seasons. In his first season, Blouin guided the team to a berth in the ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National Championship Semifinals. He currently serves as the assistant coach at the College of Charleston.
The Pan American Games (Pan Am Games) take place every four years, in the year preceding the Olympic Games. The Pan Am Games is the third-largest multi-sport event in the world behind the Summer and Winter Olympics. The 2019 Pan Am Games will take place in Lima, Peru on July 26-August 11. The sailing events will take place from August 3-10 in Paracas, Peru.