June 3, 2014
St. Mary's City, Md. - The Navy intercollegiate sailing team tied for fifth place at the APS Team Race National Championship at St. Mary's City over the last several days. Yale won the team championship with an overall record of 22-3.
The conditions cooperated throughout the weekend, and the full format was completed with time to spare. The regatta was sailed under three days of sunny skies and moderate breeze. The field also lived up to expectations and the racing was extremely tight throughout the fleet.
Navy went 11-4 in the first round of round robin sailing, which advanced the team to the eight-team second round.
In the top-eight round, Navy sailed the first six races of the round robin to a 3-3 record and were set up in a five-way tie for second with one race to go against Stanford who was also involved in the tie. A win would push the Midshipmen into the final four with a solid shot at the podium. After a great start by the Midshipmen, the Cardinal fought back and made the race tight on the run. The final marks were congested and it was anyone's race until Stanford slipped by with a 1-2 and raced away to the finish for the victory. Navy ended up in a tie for fifth overall with Georgetown. While the Midshipmen were disappointed to fall short of the final four, they are pleased that they delivered Navy's best performance in this event in well over a decade.
Sailing for Navy in this regatta were skippers Michael Grove, Mary Hall, Michael Popp and crews Layne Morrison, Chelsea Smith, Alex Asuncion, Emma Ferris, Connor Hendi, Aaron Hull and Patrick Snow.
Yale took the overall championship with St. Mary's College placing second at 18-7 and Stanford placing third at 17-8.
Navy will now compete in the Gill Coed National Championship at St. Mary's College from Tuesday to Friday. Navy will be competing in the 18-team Eastern Round Semifinal and there is also an 18-team Western Round Semifinal. Navy is scheduled to sail in 18 races in both the A and B Divisions and the top nine teams from each semifinal round will advance to the finals.