Navy IC Sailing Caps Very Successful Weekend
Sept. 19, 2012
TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- This past weekend marked the Navy intercollegiate sailing team's first big travel weekend of the fall and the Midshipmen hit the road in style, winning two in-conference regattas and finishing second at a top level women's inter-conference event.
The regatta that held the most consequence for the team this weekend was the MAISA Central #1, hosted by Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J. This event served as our qualifier for the War Memorial Regatta, our fall conference championship, so it was important for the team to perform well and punch our ticket to the War. Sailing in Tech Dinghies and 420s, Navy's sailors delivered by qualifying the team and claiming the victory in this 18-team regatta. Alex Ramos, Alyson Eng and Connor Hendi finished third in A division while George Prieto and Sarah Blake claimed the low point victory in B.
Our other win of the weekend came at the SUNY Maritime Fall Open in Throggs Neck, N.Y. On the East River, Navy bested a field of 16 teams, leading throughout the event and finishing ahead by a comfortable margin. Michael Popp and Chelsea Smith continued their strong start to the season by winning their fleet for the second week in a row, claiming the A division victory by a healthy margin. Killian Corbishley and Julie Miller added to the winning effort with a second-place finish in B.
In the first major women's regatta of the school year, the sixth-ranked Navy squad showed that we will be a force to be reckoned with in women's competition this year by finishing second overall out of 22 teams at the Mrs Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. With a windy day on Saturday and a light wind day on Sunday, Navy showed versatility and ability throughout the weekend. Mary Hall, Erica Leinmiller and Layne Morrison finished second in A division while Marissa Lihan and Emma Ferris were seventh in B.
The other regatta of the weekend was the Nevins Trophy, hosted by the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. The Midshipmen sailed against a very talented fleet of 20 teams in this regatta and fought to a 12th-place finish overall. Markus Edegran and Jocelynn Knudsen finished 12th in A Division, Michael Grove, Glenn McKenna, and Megan Hough were eighth in B, while Phillip Youngberg came in 13th in C.
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