March 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy intercollegiate sailing team competed in three events this weekend, all of which were relatively close to home.
The home event this weekend was also the first major women's event of the season, the Navy Spring Women's Interconference Regatta. Twenty of the nation's finest women's sailors traveled from all over the country to compete at the Academy. Conditions throughout the weekend were certainly challenging with extremely light winds and a strong amount of current on the Severn River. After 12 races in both A and B divisions, the Midshipmen emerged victorious. Mary Hall and Megan Hough led Navy to a first-place finish in A Division while Marissa Lihan and Alyson Eng placed third in B Division.
Our second event of the weekend, the John Jackson Team Race, hosted by Georgetown University, saw a field of eight teams from up and down the East Coast. Also plagued by light winds, the Midshipmen were limited to only ten races on the weekend. After the cards fell, the Mids finished up the event in seventh place overall. Navy's team consisted of skippers Connor Timmins, Mike Popp, George Prieto and crews Sarah Blake, Julia McKenna and Chelsea Smith.
In the final event of the weekend, hosted by St. Mary's College, the Navy squad struggled slightly in the challenging conditions on the St. Mary's River. In what was certainly the most challenging team race event of the season to date competition wise, Navy finished the single round robin of nine races with a record of 2-7. Because of the light conditions and the few number of races, Navy's record placed it in a three-way tie for eighth place, with the Mids unfortunately coming out on the lower end of the deal finishing 10th overall. Navy's team included Taylor Vann, Mike Grove, Devin Laviano, Alex Asuncion, Lane Morrison, Jocelynn Knudsen and Glenn McKenna.
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