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Navy IC Sailing With Another Strong Weekend

Sept. 26, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, MD. -- It was a busy weekend for the Navy intercollegiate sailing team, with five different events on the schedule highlighted by the first of the fall conference championships, the MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championship for the Faye Bennet Memorial Trophy.

Navy had three women compete in this championship, but it became obvious early on that Marissa Lihan was the class of the field, opening up an early lead in the breezy and shifty conditions of Saturday morning. The wind steadied out onSaturday afternoon before changing direction and getting shifty again on Sunday morning, but throughout it all, Marissa remained dominant and had no problem securing the championship, averaging just shy of two points per race for the regatta. This event also served as the qualifier for the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship, and Navy's secured two berths at Nationals, with Mary Hall joining Marissa by virtue of her fourth-place finish. Emma Ferris also competed in this event, displaying flashes of brilliance, but ultimately struggling with boat-handing in the breezy conditions and finishing 14th overall in the 16-boat field.

On the same course as the women, three male Midshipmen competed in the MAISA Laser Elimination, where six berths at the men's conference singlehanded championship were on the line. In a hard-fought battle, Navy's Markus Edegran and Phillip Youngberg ended up tying for first, with Markus winning the tiebreaker based on head-to-head record. Both sailors will advance to the MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship for the Carl Van Duyne Memorial Trophy, which will be hosted by Navy on October 6-7. Joining them at the conference championship will be Devin Laviano, who advanced by virtue of his fifth- place finish in this 18-boat event and George Prieto, who qualified in an earlier regatta.



Navy also fielded teams at two major interconference regattas this weekend, with one team traveling all the way to Medford, Mass., for the Hood Trophy, hosted by Tufts University. This event draws a great deal of the top talent in New England and is held on a small body of water - Mystic Lake - and in a type of boat - the Lark - that we typically do not see and it presents unusual challenges for our sailors. Navy's team rose to those challenges, however, and delivered a solid third-place finish overall in the 19 team-regatta. Taylor Vann and Alex Asuncion finished fifth in A division while Michael Popp and Sarah Blake were fourth in B.

The other major interconference regatta of the weekend was held at St. Mary's College in southern Maryland. Competing against a challenging field, Navy finished seventh overall out of 18 teams. Alex Ramos and Glenn McKenna finished sixth in A division while Michael Grove and Jocelynn Knudsen were fourth in B.

Our final event of the weekend was the North Fall #1, hosted by Fordham and Columbia Universities on City Island, N.Y. Sailing light in windy conditions, Navy's team struggled to remain competitive on Saturday before making a Sunday charge to finish fourth overall out of 15 teams. Navy finished fifth in both divisions, with Lukas Edegran and Samantha Rosales in A and Charlie Peck and Karen Vargas in B.


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