Nov. 19, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown sailing team split sites last weekend with the women traveling to Throggs Neck, N.Y. for the Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by SUNY Maritime while the coed team traveled to Boston for their championship hosted by Harvard. The women finished fourth of 18 teams while the coed team placed 10th in the 18-team field.
The women's team took fourth place with 192 points with Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) pairing with crews Rebecca Evans (Cohasset, Mass./Milton Academy) or Nancy Hagood (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) in the A division. The Hoyas took first in the A division with 68 points while taking eighth in the B division with Amanda Taselaar (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) sailing with a rotation of Margaret Totaro (Northfield, Ill./Loyola Academy) Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I./Moses Brown) or Evans.
The conditions on the East River were good with high winds and a lot of current. The Hoyas have been a strong force all season and the Atlantic Coast Championships were no exception. From the start, the Blue & Gray was in a five-team battle for first place with Dartmouth, Yale, Rhode Island and the College of Charleston with the likes of Brown and Connecticut College also vying for a top spot. Despite leading at the end of the day, an incident at the windward mark in a B race resulted in a DSQ for the Hoyas and a loss of the lead. Sunday's races saw strong squads from Yale and Dartmouth as the Hoyas struggled with four-consecutive, double-digit finishes for GU.
Georgetown steadied itself with a number of top-five finishes in a row to pull even with Yale and Dartmouth at the top of the leaderboard with two races left. An ill-timed penalty on the penultimate race of the B division hindered the Hoyas who ended the competition in fourth-place overall, just 10 points out of first. Bolger and Evans have played a dominant role so far this year in both women's and coed sailing.
The coed sailing team headed to Boston for the Atlantic Coast Championships hosted by Harvard and MIT. With 321 points, Georgetown finished 10th of 18 points. Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) sailed with crews Hilary Kenyon (Wayzata, Minn./The Blake School) and Leslie Cowen (Dover, Mass./Tabor Academy) competed in the A division, finishing 10th with 169 points while Matt Gowell (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) and Katherine Canty (Vero Beach, Fla./Deerfield Academy) competed in the B division tallying 152 points for ninth place.
The Hoyas were challenged by the difficult conditions present on the Charles River in Boston in one of the most competitive regattas of the year. The team sailed well on the first day of racing when the WSW winds were gusting to 18 knots.
However, the second day of sailing saw tougher and shifty southerly winds that rarely pushed above 10 knots. Tough stars and an inability to connect shifts consistently made for the lower-than-expected results for the Hoyas, tabbed third in the most recent coed rankings. The 18-team field featured 17 of the top 25 teams in the country.
These events wrap up another successful fall season for the GU sailing program. The women's team continues to lead the team's success and both the coed and women's squads will be looking for success during the spring season that culminates in the national championships in May.