CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College sailing team showed significant progress last season, head coach Bradley Adam's first running the program. The team qualified for the War Memorial (the MAISA Fall Co-Ed Dinghy Championships) for the first time in three years and the America Trophy (the MAISA Spring Co-Ed Dinghy Championships) for the first time in two years. In year two under Adam, Washington welcomes in a strong recruiting class and welcomes back most of last year's roster.
Seniors Will Sunkler (Elkton, Md./Kent County), Ellie Lienert (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick), and Andrew Vernon (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) will provide veteran leadership for the program. Sunkler, who was emerging as the team's top skipper before his season was cut short last year due to injury, notched a third-place finish at last year's Luce Regatta. Lienert and Vernon, both skippers and crews, sailed in both the War Memorial and America Trophy last year. Vernon was named the 2019 Team MVP after competing in a team-high 15 regattas.
The junior class is comprised of skipper and crew Henry Proud (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) and crew Jack Mecca (Kennedyville, Md./Charter School of Wilmington [Del.]). Proud was named the team's Most Improved Sailor last year, recording a pair of top-five divisional finishes as a skipper and competing at both the War Memorial and America Trophy. Mecca saw time as a crew at the America Trophy.
This year's newcomers include Izze Rios (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends), a sophomore crew and transfer from the University of Delaware, freshman skipper Stewart Gurnell (Old Saybrook, Conn./Xavier), who was a league championship sailor in Connecticut, and freshman crews Jodi Eren (Arnold, Md./Learning Community International), Jon Kelly (Cambridge, Md./Cambridge-South Dorchester), and Gage Mandrell (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township).
Adam will aim for the team to improve upon last year's 17th-place and 16th-place finishes, respectively, at the War Memorial and America Trophy as its continues to take the next step back to becoming a fixture in the top half of MAISA. The team will open its season at Old Dominion's Riley Cup this weekend. The only home regatta of the fall, the Washington College Fall, is scheduled for October 12th and 13th. This year's War Memorial will follow two weeks later at Merchant Marine.