April 10, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team is poised for the conference championship season following 10 regular season events to start the season. The women's and coed team are both currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
The spring season opened with a trio of events at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. On February 22, the Hoyas sent a coed squad to compete at the Charleston Spring Intersectional. Following two days of racing, the Hoyas finished third overall in the field of 18 teams. The A division team of AJ Reiter (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and Liz Mullarney (New York, N.Y./Sacred Heart) won three of the last four races to finish first in their division. In the B division, Rosie Edwards (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) and crews Albert Kraus (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) and Emily Ito (Tokyo, Japan/The Hotchkiss School) placed fourth.
February 28-March 1
The Hoya women's team opened the season the following weekend at the Charleston Women's Intersectional. Georgetown sailed a great event and took first place overall in the 14-team field. In the A division Nancy Hagood (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) and Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass./Tabor Academy) finished third overall while the B division saw Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) and Madeline Higgins (Short Hills, N.J./Pingry) dominate the competition en route to a 19-point win.
After a month of limited practice due to a frozen Potomac River, the Blue & Gray traveled its team racing squad to Charleston to compete in the Bob Bavier Team Race. After two days of competition the Hoyas finished third with a record of 10-4. Defending national champion Yale won the regatta with a record of 12-2, the two losses coming at the hands of the Hoyas.
Georgetown spent spring break in warmer climates, practicing at the College of Charleston, before returning home for a trio of events on March 14-15. At the John Jackson Team Race, the Hoyas struggled in the heavy winds, finishing sixth overall with a 7-7 record. On the water for the Hoyas were: Hagood, Jack Marshall (Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols), Massimo Mazzolini (Monaco/Sevenoaks), Reiter, Alex Post (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), MacRae, Lyssa Freese (Minneapolis, Minn./Episcopal Academy), Carolyn Dahl (Southport, Conn./Westover School), Hollis Dana (Ottawa Hills, Ohio/Ursula Academy) and Elizabeth Mullarney (New York, N.Y./Sacred Heart).
The second of the three races was the St. Mary's Team Race, where the Hoyas would send their top team to compete against the top teams from around the country. In the first round, GU recorded a 7-2 record, a performance they could not replicate on day two. The loss of 2014 Everett B. Morris Sailor of the Year finalist Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) to a concussion on day one hurt the Hoyas as they went 1-4 without the All-American. Georgetown managed to find a silver lining in the day as DaSilva replaced Snow as skipper and led the team to a victory over Boston College in one of the windiest races of the regatta. Sailing for Georgetown at St. Mary's were: Sean Golden (Duxbury, Mass./Tabor Academy), Snow, DaSilva, Post, Reiter, Isabelle Luzuriaga (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall), Kraus, Bettina Redway (Providence, R.I./St. George's).
The last of the trio of regattas featured the women's team competing at the Navy Spring Women's Regatta. The event was shortened to a one-day regatta due to the high winds on Sunday. A streaky performance with many ups as well as downs, the Blue & Gray finished ninth overall. In the A division Mary Kate Mezzetti (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and Katie Olsen (East Dennis, Mass./Cape Cod Academy) finished 17th while the duo of Edwards and Ito took first place in the B division, tallying 18 points in four races.
The Hoyas returned to the familiar waters at Navy and St. Mary's for two more events on March 21-22. Swapping sites, the women's team competed at the St. Mary's Intersectional. A regatta that would end of being one of the toughest of the year, Georgetown finished third overall with ties for third place and first place in the A and B division, respectively. Hagood and MacRae tied for third sailing in the A division while DaSilva and Olsen tied for first in the B division.
At the Graham Hall team Race the Hoyas were once again without Snow but recorded a fifth-place finish overall with a record of 13-5. Sailing for the Hoyas were: Golden, Reiter, Post, Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Mullarney and Redway.
Georgetown sent a squad to the CJ Woolum Team Race, hosted by Christopher Newport University. The young GU squad sailed exceptionally well to finish third overall with a record of 9-6. Sailing for the Hoyas were: Clay Broussard (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist), Curtis Crooke (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends), Edwards, Marshall, Sara Rogers (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), Maggie Kelly (Westport, Conn./Middlesex School), Dahl and Peter Kentz (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga).
The last weekend of competition before the championship portion of the season featured two team race regattas. The Szambecki Team Race, hosted by Old Dominion, the Hoyas sailed to a fourth-place finish with a record of 13-11. Georgetown managed wins over top teams in Charleston and Stanford, but fell just shy against Dartmouth and Old Dominion. Sailing for the Hoyas were: Golden, Reiter, Post, Olsen, Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Mezzetti, DaSilva and Redway.
The Blue & Gray also competed at Hampton University on March 28-29 at the MAISA SAISA Team Race. The Hoyas were in the hunt for the win but a late loss to Eckerd College pushed GU to second place overall. On the water for the Hoyas were: Mazzolini, John LaBossiere (Rye, N.Y./Brunswick School), Jack Gerli (Greenwich, Conn./Hotchkiss), Marshall, Brian Poirier (North Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep), Mezzzetti and Jack Welty (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep).
The Hoyas begin the conference championship portion of the season this weekend, April 11-12, as they travel to Kings Point, N.Y., for the MAISA Team Race Championships. Georgetown looks to return to the ICSA National Championships, held May 25-June 4 in Newport, R.I.