Guerriero Wins MAISA Laser Elimination
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy intercollegiate sailing team hosted two events and competed in two more this past weekend, performing well all-around.
The home events were both conference singlehanded qualifiers. Eighteen women were competing in the Faye Bennet MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championship, vying for five berths in the Women's Singlehanded Nationals. Navy had two sailors in the field.
Light winds made it tough to race and we moved the course all over the Chesapeake Bay all weekend in search of breeze. The regatta was able to get 10 races off and the fleet was tight throughout the event. Jessica McJones started strong and was in the hunt for a nationals berth all the way, but troubles on the starting line dropped her to seventh overall in the end. Brittney Slook was not far behind in ninth.
On the same course, 18 men were racing in the MAISA Laser Elimination, where the top six advance to the conference championship in two weeks. The event quickly became a two-man race between Navy freshmen Connor Bayless and Max Guerriero. They remained remarkably consistent and traded the lead back and forth throughout the event.
On Sunday, Bayless won the first two races of the day and opened up a bit of a lead, only for Guerriero to win the last two races and earn the victory over his teammate by one point. Tyler Fleig finished seventh overall, just missing out on advancing to the next round. Guerriero and Bayless will join team captain Gary Prieto, who won the Laser South Regatta, at the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship at USMMA on October 7-8. Four sailors from that event will advance to the Nationals.
Navy also competed in the MAISA Central Fall Qualifier this weekend. Sixteen teams from the middle region in Navy’s conference competed at Ocean County College in Tom's River, N.J., with the top four advancing to the fall conference coed championship. Navy started strong and stayed consistent throughout the weekend and advanced easily, finishing second overall. Jimmy Madigan and Karma Richards finished second in A Division while Nicholas Gartner and Emma Remis were third in B.
The major Interconference Regatta (SMC Fall) of the weekend was held at St. Mary's College of Maryland and featured 18 strong teams from all over the country. Navy performed very well, securing a third-place finish overall. Peter Hogan and Kelly Milliken finished fourth in A division while Max Brill and Kent Mathes were third in B.