Intercollegiate Sailing Places Third at the MAISA Championship for the America Trophy
Navy intercollegiate sailing
April 28, 2014
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - Navy's varsity intercollegiate sailing regular season ended this past weekend with the team competing for its conference championships and a berth in the 2014 College Sailing / Gill National Championship.
Navy competed in the MAISA championship for the America Trophy. The event was held at The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and eight berths to Nationals were on the line. The first day of competition was a light wind affair and despite spending all day on the water, Navy was only able to sail six races in A division and four races in B. The wind proved much better on Sunday and the fleet sailed all the way through race 16 in each division before the time cutoff of 4 PM.
The Midshipmen benefited from being a deep team on this long and grueling day because they were able to make multiple substitutions and be perfectly set up for the ever-changing conditions. In the end, the team finished third overall, securing a spot at Nationals. Michael Grove, Alex Asuncion, Emma Ferris and Patrick Snow finished fourth in A division while Mary Hall, Layne Morrison, Michael Popp and Charlie Peck were third in B.
After racing, the MAISA All Conference Team was announced, with Navy players receiving the most honors of any team in the conference.
MAISA Women's Sailor of the Year: Mary Hall
All MAISA Co-ed Skippers (1st Team): Michael Grove
"While we are extremely proud of these Midshipmen for representing our team so well, the credit for these honors is really shared between all of our teammates who work their hardest every day and push themselves and their peers so that all of us are ready come time for the championships," said head coach Ian Burman.