May 1, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. -- The college sailing postseason began this past weekend in Hampton, Va., where 35 of the best teams from all over the country squared off at the College Sailing Coed National Semifinals.
The competition was evenly divided into two separate regattas, where the top half in each event would advance to the National Finals in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 28-30. Hampton University and Old Dominion University served as co-hosts for the semis and both schools pulled out all the stops in putting together a top-notch event.
The race course was set off Strawberry Banks in Hampton, and spectators, coaches and sailors watched from bleachers and tents on a grassy field and beach nearby. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s. The wind started out light on both days, but filled in out of the east, remaining light throughout the day on Saturday, but gusting into the mid teens on Sunday. The easterly winds were coming over a spit of land, however, leading to flat water and many shifts.
On the course, Navy started strong, but ran into some trouble with consistency late Saturday afternoon. The team regained focus late in the day and carried the momentum into Sunday, where the Midshipmen climbed in the standings throughout the day, winding up sixth overall in the 17-team field. Michael Grove and Jocelynn Knudsen finished eighth in A division while Mary Hall and Glenn McKenna came in third in B.
With this performance, the Navy intercollegiate sailing team has now qualified for all three of the spring national championships to be contested in a few weeks in St. Petersburg, Fla.
# GO NAVY #