June 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team advanced to the finals of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Gill Coed National Championships on Wednesday afternoon, following a full day of racing on the St. Mary's River in St. Mary's City, Md. The Hoyas are one of 18 teams to advance to the finals with nine apiece coming from the Eastern and Western Semifinal.
Racing began at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday. The temperature was in the high 70s and the winds were puffy and shifty from the northwest at about 5-10 knots. The winds slowly died around 12:30 p.m., and after completing two races in each division in each fleet, the sailors waited on shore for the wind to fill in.
By the afternoon, the sailors were back on the course. A southerly breeze around 5-7 knots filled in and remained pretty steady until around 4:15 p.m., when it lightened up again and became patchy on the race course.
The Eastern Semifinal completed four races in the A and B divisions for a total of six races for the event, while the Western Semifinal completed three races in the A and B divisions for a total of five races for the event.
The Hoyas went in to the day with the lead in the East but a strong push from Connecticut College gave the Camels the edge as they took over first place, one point ahead of the Blue & Gray.
"It was hard to be consistent today," Head Coach Michael J. Callahan said. "Even the best sailors had trouble. We are disappointed we did not win this regatta, but we will take lessons from it and focus on the finals - we will be racing in the hardest fleet of the year tomorrow with the top 18 teams in the nation."
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.
The scoreboard is wiped clean for the finals, beginning on Thursday. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy over two days.
Eastern Fleet Semifinal (top nine that advance to finals):
1. Connecticut College, 48
2. Georgetown University, 49
3. College of Charleston, 64
4. Stanford University, 73*
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 73*
6. Dartmouth College, 74
7. Tufts University, 78
8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 80
9. University of Wisconsin, 105
*Number of high place (1) finishes
Western Fleet Semifinal (top nine that advance to finals):
1. Yale University, 19
2. Old Dominion University, 54*
3. Bowdoin College, 54*
4. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 55
5. University of Hawaii, 60
6. University of South Florida, 63
7. Harvard University, 68**
8. Brown University, 68**
9. Boston College, 75
*Number of high place (1) finishes
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