March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown coed and women's sailing teams were very busy over the last two weekends, coming in four regattas with the coed team capturing two of them. The coed team, ranked No. 2 by Sailing World, won the John T. Jackson Memorial Team Race and the Graham Hall Team Race. The No. 8 Georgetown women's team finished fifth of 20 teams at the Navy Spring Invitational.
The John Jackson Team Race Regatta is named in honor of John Jackson '03, who was a member of the sailing team while at Georgetown. John passed away in a traffic accident during the summer after he graduated and this regatta was founded by his friends and teammates to honor his memory. This is the only interconference regatta that Georgetown hosts and this year the Hoyas were lucky to have three talented teams from outside the region participate in No. 3 Stanford, No. 13 Connecticut College and Boston University.
The sailing conditions were ideal with nice winds and the atmosphere was heightened by great spectatorship. The Hoyas sailed well on their home water and despite two losses in close races, they finished the event with a record of 15-2, good enough for the win.
The Jacksons, John's parents and great supporters of the Georgetown sailing program, were in attendance to once again see the Hoyas win.
Overall Results (top 5)
1. Georgetown (15-2) 2. St. Mary's (14-3) 3. Connecticut College (10-7) 4. Boston University (9-8) 5. Stanford (7-7)
Following the win at the Jackson Team Race and week of sailing in Charleston, S.C., over spring break, the Hoyas traveled to Annapolis, Md., last weekend to compete against the 15 teams at the Graham Hall Team Race. The biggest team race of the year, the field boasted seven of the top 10 teams in the country currently.
The format was a single round robin against every team followed by a final four to determine the champion. The racing was close and intense with a lot of evenly-matched teams. In the end, the Hoyas came out on top with an impressive record of 16-2. The only losses were to No. 1 Yale (15-3) and No. 6 Dartmouth (8-7). This was another impressive win for the Hoyas as they continue this spring season, wanting to peak at the national championship portion of the season.
Overall Results (top 8 of 16)
1. Georgetown (16-2) 2. Yale (15-3) 3. Navy (13-5) 4. Charleston (13-5) 5. Brown (11-4) 6. St. Mary's (11-4) 7. Dartmouth (8-7) 8. Tufts (8-7)
The Hoya women's team began the spring season unranked but they with steady performances, have risen up the ranks with impressive regattas. Now tabbed No. 8, the women's team competed in two events over the past two weekends. Following a tough season in the fall, a few changes in the combinations of the sailors have aided in short-term success. In the A division, Mary Kate Mezzetti (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and crews Hollis Dana (Ottawa Hills, Ohio/Ursula Acad.) and Madeline Higgins (Short Hills, N.J./Pinghry) did a great job in tricky conditions to finish seventh. In the B division, freshman Claudia Taselaar (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) got her first start and had the comfort of her own sister Amanda Taselaar (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) crewing with the duo finishing fifth. This was an especially impressive performance for a freshman in her first regatta. The Taselaars worked well together and combined great boat speed with impressive tactics.
Overall Results (top 5 of 20)
1. Yale 2. Navy 3. Stanford 4. MIT 5. Georgetown
The success at Navy was tempered a bit by a subpar performance at the St. Mary's women's Regatta last weekend. The fuffy and shifty conditions seemed to befuddle the Hoyas. Despite some good races and flashes of real talent and skill, the Hoyas recorded too many double-digit finishes.
1. Yale 2. Navy 3. Stanford 4. MIT 5. Brown ... 14. Georgetown
The Hoyas continue the season this weekend competing in three events with the following lineup:
Admiral Moore Team Race (hosted by SUNY Maritime)
Jack Greli / Genevieve Burgoyne
Massimo Mazzolini / Katie Olsen
AJ Reiter / Eliana Michaels
(Extras: Chris Kelly, Sam Oldroyd)