June 4, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Spring Nationals Kicked off this year with the 2012 ICSA / Sperry Top Sider Women's National Championship in Austin, Texas, on May 31 to June 2.
This year, Navy's team earned a bye into the final round, so the squad showed up on the 31st and waited for the semifinals to end before it could begin competing. During the last race of the semifinals, a dust storm blew in and wreaked havoc on the fleet, capsizing at least half of the boats. Watching the race, the Midshipmen knew they would need to be ready for anything.
When the finals began, the racing got off to a slow start with numerous wind delays, but Navy's A division team of Mary Hall, Erica Leinmiller and Layne Morrison, came out of the gates fast, scoring top finishes in numerous races during the first two days.
On the final day, the wind finally steadied out and the fleet was able to get in a lot of good racing. When the A division team cooled off slightly towards the end of the event, Navy's B division team of Marissa Lihan and Emma Ferris came alive, and the team rose through the overall standings throughout the regatta.
When the time limit expired, Navy found itself tied with the College of Charleston for sixth place overall, unfortunately losing the tiebreaker. The end result for Navy's talented, young team was a fifth-place showing in A division, a 10th-place finish in B and a seventh-place finish (out of 18 teams) overall.
At the awards banquet, in addition to the prizes for the regatta, many of the honors for the year in women's sailing were announced. Freshman Mary Hall
was named an honorable mention All-American Women's Skipper.
"Shortly after coming to Navy, Mary took over the reigns as our A division women's skipper and never looked back, steadily progressing throughout the year to become one of the best in the country. We are thrilled that the All-America Selection Committee recognized Mary's talents as we have all along and are even more thrilled that she will be representing the Naval Academy for another three years," said Navy head coach Ian Burman.
Navy will be competing in is the main event, the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship on June 6-8.
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