March 24, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy intercollegiate sailing team competed in three extremely challenging team racing regattas this weekend, with the entire squad having the opportunity to square off against high level competition. This was the final regular season team racing weekend of the spring.
The premier event of the weekend was the Aaron Szambecki Memorial Team Race at Old Dominion University, where seven of the eight teams in attendance were ranked in the top eight nationally and everyone came with their top players. Navy is currently ranked seventh in the team rankings.
The first day was warm with temperatures in the 60s and winds from the south from 12-20 knots. The wind was puffy and shifty and all teams were tested by the conditions and the stiff competition. Sunday was very different. It was 20 degrees colder and the wind was from the opposite direction, but even stronger than the day before, holing steady at 18-22 knots. The most striking thing about the regatta was how even the top teams are at this time of year, with all of the top seven teams taking races off of each other regularly. Navy ended up fifth overall for the weekend and looks poised to challenge for the top spot at the conference championship in two weeks. Sailing for the Midshipmen were Michael Grove, Layne Morrison, Chelsea Smith, Alex Asuncion, Mary Hall, Charlie Peck, Aaron Hull and Michael Popp.
Navy's other two events were in Boston where the wind was still strong, but the temperatures were considerably colder. t was so cold in fact, that the Friis Trophy, which was scheduled to be held at Tufts University was moved to Harvard at the last minute due to the Mystic Lake being frozen over. Despite the shift, the regatta still drew a very deep field of 10 teams, boasting many of the top schools in New England. A young Navy squad learned some valuable lessons in finishing ninth overall. Navy's team was comprised of Phil Youngberg, Megan Hough
, Karen Vargas
, Michael Madigan
, Molly Robertson
and Patrick Snow
On the other side of town, Navy competed in a brand new event, the Team Race Invitational, hosted by Boston College. Navy's team of Killian Corbishley, Marissa Lihan, Connor Hendi, Molly Hanson, Spencer Nora and Hannah Hughes finished fifth overall out of six teams in the regatta.