April 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy intercollegiate sailing team has been working hard to get ready for this year's College Sailing Sperry Top Sider Women's National Championship. Since Navy is the host, the program has been prepping their facilities and fleet, recruiting and coordinating with officials, drafting rules and plans for racing, and organizing hospitality and social functions for the event.
Navy has also been hard at work training and making sure that its women are prepared to represent well at home in late May. Navy took one step closer on that front this past weekend by finishing second at the MAISA Women's Championship at Cornell and qualifying for the nationals. Fourteen teams were on hand, fighting for six coveted berths in the big dance.
With solid, yet cold, sailing conditions for the first day of competition, the race committee chose to keep the sailors on the water for a very long day, completing 10 races per division. It was a good thing that they did because light winds on Sunday made racing difficult and it took all day to complete the remaining four races per division.
Navy started strong and remained in the top two throughout the event, falling just short of Georgetown in the end. Mary Hall, Layne Morrison and Killian Corbishley finished first in A division while Marissa Lihan, Megan Hough and Emma Ferris were second in B. The near miss on the win here will surely make Navy's women even hungrier as they begin their preparation for the nationals.
Navy's only other competition on this Easter weekend was the major coed fleet racing event of the week, the Admirals Cup hosted by the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.
Strong currents and puffy Northerly winds proved a tough challenge for the 20 team field and consistency was difficult to achieve. Navy finished fifth overall. Michael Grove, Alex Asuncion and Molly Robertson finished 10th in A division, Michael Popp, Chelsea Smith and Connor Hendi were fifth in B, and Phil Youngberg came in seventh in C.