May 31, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Navy intercollegiate sailing team closed out the 2012-13 season by competing in all three of the ICSA Spring National Championship events.
Western Florida this time of year generally has very predictable weather and all were expecting to see sunny skies, warm temperatures and light sea breezes. These are the conditions the teams saw for the Women's Nationals, where Navy finished 12th with Mary Hall, Alex Asuncion, and Julie Miller finishing 2nd in A while Killian Corbishley and Layne Morrison were 16th in B.
For the next week, however, while the days remained warm, a front delivered partly cloudy skies and easterly breezes, remaining moderate and shifty through the Team Race Nationals and gradually steadying out and increasing through the Coed Nationals to 18-22 knots on the last day of competition. Fortunately, Navy's team had sailors available with a wide range of strengths and were ready for all the changes in the conditions.
In the team racing event, Navy started off a little flat, but came on strong at the end of the first round-robin to force a tie for the eighth and the last qualifying spot for the gold round. In extremely variable conditions, Navy swept the tiebreaker sail-off and advanced on to the gold round. Once there, the team sailed very well, sailing even with the top teams in the regatta, but it wasn't enough to overcome the slow start and Navy finished eighth overall. The skippers in the team racing regatta were Taylor Vann, Devin Laviano, Michael Grove, and Mary Hall with crews Jocelynn Knudsen, Glenn McKenna, Layne Morrison and Alex Asuncion.
During the Coed Nationals, the wind increased steadily throughout the event, and Navy used many different sailors to adapt to the changing conditions. Navy finished 11th overall out of the 18 teams that qualified. In A division, the team of Michael Grove
, Jocelynn Knudsen
and Michael Popp sailed well throughout the week to finish seventh in the most challenging fleet of the year. Navy's team of Mary Hall
, Taylor Vann
, Devin Laviano
, Glenn McKenna
, Charlie Peck
and George Prieto
finished 14th in B.
At the awards banquets, two Mids received awards for their strong performances throughout the year. Mary Hall was named an All-American Women's Skipper and Glenn McKenna was named an All-American Crew.
# GO NAVY #