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Navy IC Sailing Wins MAISA Fall Women's Dinghy Championship

Oct. 3, 2012

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- The women on the Navy intecollegiate sailing team delivered a second conference championship in two weeks, winning the MAISA Fall Women's Dinghy Championship.

Fourteen teams competed in this year's event, which was hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. Navy fought it out with the hosts throughout the weekend, with the two schools remaining within a few points of each other throughout the two days. Trailing by the slightest of margins, the Midshipmen sealed the overall victory, by winning the final race in both A and B Divisions. Mary Hall and Layne Morrison won A division for the weekend as well, while Marissa Lihan, Emma Ferris and Alex Asuncion were third in B. With this win, Navy is guaranteed to have the first pick in next year's women's scheduling draft.

At home this weekend, Navy hosted eight teams for the Intrepid Trophy, an inter-conference match race regatta held in our fleet of Navy 26s. This regatta attracts most of the top talent in our conference, as it is the only chance to compete in a collegiate match race before the conference championship. Navy was one of the strongest teams all weekend and we entered the final four with control of our own destiny in the event. After avenging a late round-robin loss to St. Mary's, Navy seemingly had the regatta in hand as we led regatta-leader Georgetown into the finish in our penultimate race. Unfortunately, our spinnaker tangled during the hoist and Georgetown was able to pass and claim the overall win. With a defeat of SUNY Maritime in our last race, the Midshipmen sealed up a second-place finish overall. Taylor Vann served as skipper for our team with Michael Grove, Phillip Youngberg and Killian Corbishley as crew.



At the Jesuit Interconference Regatta, hosted by Fordham, Navy started off strong in light wind conditions and stood in third place overall out of 16 teams by mid-day Saturday. It turned out to be a good regatta to start strong in, since the wind died completely Saturday afternoon and never returned throughout the weekend. The Midshipmen remained third overall, with Lukas Edegran and Julie Miller coming in second in A division while George Prieto and Sarah Blake were third in B.

Our final event of the weekend was the South #1, hosted by Old Dominion University. With rainy weather on Saturday and a tough field, Navy finished fifth overall out of 14 teams. Michael Popp and Chelsea Smith finished sixth in A Division while Connor Timmins and Julia McKenna claimed the low-point B division victory.


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