June 9, 2008
NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Navy Women's intercollegiate sailing team started its National Championship competition in Newport R.I., at the storied New York Yacht Club. The top 18 women's teams qualified for the National Championship through their respective conference championships, where Navy qualified by finishing second at its conference championship. Nationals is a three-day event in which 18 races are sailed and the team with the lowest score wins.
The Mids started strong with Charlotte Hill with Mary Hesler finishing in the top five in the first five races. However, at the end of the first day Navy was disqualified for a foul and 20 points were added to its score. The Navy Team at Nationals consisted of Hill, Hesler, Kristen Sproat, Trisha Kutkiewicz, Emily Taynor and Katherine Adler. Navy finished in 11th place at the end of the three days of racing. At the end of the event, Charlotte Hill and Kristen Sproat were named All Americans. For Hill, it was her third honor and the first for Sproat.
The Coed National Championship then followed the women's competition, also held in Newport, R.I. Nationals consisted of 14 teams which qualified from their conference championships, where Navy qualified by placing third. The first day was qualifying by splitting the 14-boat fleet into a top eight and a consolation six. Navy qualified for the top eight, making it eligible for the National Championship. The next two days saw some really tight races, as the Mids lost five races within inches. Navy did finish eighth, but did knock off top-ranked teams such as Harvard, Stanford and USF. The Navy consisted of Andrew Vann, Christina Chance, Robert Vann, Tina Pryne, Martin Sterling, Maggie Reynolds, Andrew Hotchkiss and Clark Hayes.
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