WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team has had a busy last few weekends as they head into the conference championship portion of the season. The Hoyas took third at the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Team Race National Championships to earn a berth to the 2017 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championships. Last weekend, the Hoyas finished fourth at the Thompson Trophy in New London, Conn., and placed second at the Navy Spring Regatta.
Captain Prosser Trophy / MAISA Team Race Championship (3rd of 8)
The MAISA Team Race Championship, held April 8-9, was hosted by SUNY Maritime College in New York. The format for the event was a triple round robin among the top eight team race squads in the conference. The Hoyas headed into the event with first- and second-place performances all spring. Despite the previous performances, the Hoyas fell short in the first round, finishing with a 3-4 record for fifth place overall. With just the top four teams advancing to nationals, the Blue & Gray were backed into an unfamiliar corner and were forced to regroup for the second round. With a 1-1 start (4-5 overall), GU turned to their younger skippers to help win races. Georgetown staged a 5-0 run to close out the second round, posting wins over Navy, Hampton, Hobart, George Washington and St. Mary’s to secure a 9-5 record and third place overall, only one race out of first place with Navy and Old Dominion touting matching 10-4 records. Time ran out for the third round and the Blue & Gray took third to advance to the ICSA Team Race National Championships, held May 26-28 in Charleston, S.C.
Overall Results (top 5 of 8)
1. Navy, 10-4
2. Old Dominion, 10-4
3. Georgetown, 9-5
4. Hobart, 8-6
5. George Washington, 8-6
Skippers: Will Logue, Campbell D’Eliscu, Sean Segerblom, AJ Reiter, Roger Dorr
Crews: Albert Kraus, Rebecca Fung, Meaghan MacRae, Rose Edwards, Haley Shea, Claire Mohun, Jack Chrysler, Jack Gerli
Navy Spring Regatta (2nd of 20, 135 points)
The Hoyas transitioned into fleet racing with the Navy Spring Interconference, an event that featured some of the top 20 teams in the country. Georgetown quickly found itself in a back-and-forth battle for first with Navy. In the last race, the Midshipmen found a right side wind shift that pulled them out of the back of the pack and put enough points on the Hoyas for Navy to finish first with 131 points, four points ahead of GU (135 points). Georgetown’s A division duo sailed an impressive regatta to win the A division by eight points.
Thompson Trophy (4th of 18, 311 points)
The Blue & Gray headed to the Coast Guard Academy to compete against a majority of New England’s best teams, as well as top teams from Stanford and College of Charleston. The conditions were challenging and the Hoyas had some ups and downs, but a strong first-place showing in the B division helped GU finish fourth of 18 teams. Yale won the event, followed by MIT and Charleston.
The Hoyas will return to the water this weekend as they compete in the MAISA Women’s Conference Championship (Annapolis, Md.), as well as the Robert P. Arrigan Memorial Regatta on the friendly home waters of the Potomac River.