WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing teams opened its 2017-18 season last weekend, competing in three different regattas and winning two events. The Hoyas finished the 2017 spring season at the national championships in Charleston, S.C., and the team returns a strong group of sailors and a deep squad of returnees for what should be an exciting season as the program aims for its 15th national title.
Women’s Radial Regatta (Sept. 9-10, Annapolis, Md.)
At the Navy Women’s Radial Regatta, senior Haddon Hughes (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) once again dominated. Hughes, who spent the summer training in Europe for her Olympic campaign, won eight of the 14 races en route to a 15-point win.
Coming in second place overall was talented freshman Carly Broussard (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist). Broussard didn’t take long to adapt to the short course racing and proved right away that she has a bright future.
Senior Lola Bushnell (San Francisco, Calif./San Francisco Waldorf) finished fourth in the 18-boat field. Bushnell has qualified for the national championships in each of her first three years at Georgetown and she is a favorite to make it again this season. Rounding out the group was Rose Edwards (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep), who sailed a great event to finish eighth. Edwards is not a laser sailor by trade but the reigning MAISA Women’s Sailor of the Year is getting better each time she sails the boat.
All four student-athletes, along with sophomore Macey McCann (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) will be competing at the MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship, being held at Navy from Sept. 23-24, with a chance to go to the national championships.
Navy Laser Regatta (Sept. 9-10, Annapolis, Md.)
The coed team began its season last weekend as well with two events. Three sailors competed at Navy in a full rig laser regatta.
Senior Jack Marshall (Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) faired the best of the group, finishing third overall and only 10 points out of first. Senior Clay Broussard was the next Hoya to finish, taking seventh place out of 18. Freshman Preston Tso, normally a Laser 4.7 sailor, did a great job in the full rig to finish in 13th overall. Marshall qualified for the MAISA Singlehanded Championship while Broussard will have another chance to qualify next weekend.
Riley Cup (Sept. 9-10, Norfolk, Va.)
Eight Hoya sailors traveled to the Riley Cup at Old Dominion University to compete against 16 other Mid-Atlantic schools. The regatta featured the college debuts for five of the eight sailors.
The two teams of Hoyas finished first and third overall out of 18 boats. In A Division, there was a battle between the two Hoya boats for first place. In the end, the consistency of Sean Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Caroline Teare gave them the victory over second place finished Andy Reiter (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and Marley Mais. In B Division, Andrew Person and Annalise Pfleuger (Golden, Colo./Lakewood) finished in fourth in B, only 12 points out of first. They were followed closely by McCann and Celine Bennett (San Anselmo, Calif./Marin Academy), who finished sixth in B.