June 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - Following the first day of racing at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Gill Coed National Championship Semifinals on St. Mary's River, the Georgetown University sailing team is currently first of nine teams in the Eastern Semifinal. With 36 teams competing in the final of a trio of ICSA national championships, this one hosted by St. Mary's College and held in St. Mary's City, Md., 18 teams will advance to the championship finals.
The skies on Tuesday were mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 70s, rising to the 80s by the afternoon. Clouds and a thunderstorm came through in the late afternoon. The semifinals are divided into two fleets, the Eastern and Western, each with 18 teams. The sailors are racing on an inner and outer trapezoid course in both FJs and Z420s. Each fleet sails one type of boat one day and swaps boats the next day.
After the few races on Tuesday in rather light conditions, Georgetown is in the lead in the Eastern fleet and Yale is in the lead in the Western fleet. The Hoyas recorded three first-place finishes and one sixth place finish.
"Today was mostly about straight line boat speed," Head Coach Michael J. Callahan said. "We were happy to not have a bad finish ... You don't want to dial it back [in this portion of the event], but you need to balance not taking too many risks."
Sailing for Georgetown in the A division is Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) with Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey). In the B division, Alex Post (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) and Bettina Redway (Providence, R.I./St. George's) are representing the Blue & Gray.
There are still 16 races to sail in both the A and B divisions in each fleet.
Eastern Fleet Semifinal (top nine through Tuesday races):
1. Georgetown University, 9
2. Connecticut College, 10
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 16
4. College of Charleston, 18
5. Dartmouth College, 23
6. Tufts University, 28
7. University of California at Santa Barbara, 35*
8. Stanford University, 35*
9. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 35*
* Head-to-head tiebreaker
Western Fleet Semifinal (top nine through Tuesday races):
1. Yale University, 8
2. Bowdoin College, 18
3. Brown University, 21
4. University of Hawaii, 22
5. St. Mary's College (Md.), 24
6. Old Dominion University, 25*
7. University of South Florida, 25*
8. Harvard University, 29
9. Eckerd College, 32
* Number of high-place (1) finishes