May 29, 2012
The Georgetown Coed and Women's sailing teams are in final preparations this week in advance of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (ICSA) Spring National Championships, which get underway this week on Lake Travis, located about an hour west of Austin, Texas. Warm water, extremely hot temperatures, and southerly winds are expected throughout the nine days of competition. The Blue & Gray, with both the Coed & Women's Teams concurrently ranked number one by Sailing World Magazine for the first time, are looking to add to their existing seven national titles. Both teams won their respective Conference Championships in the Fall and the Spring, in addition to having one of the most successful regular seasons in program history. The ultimate prize, however, will undoubtedly be the three National Championships up for grabs in Texas.
Women's National Championships
The first event to be contested is the ICSA Women's Nationals, which commence on Thursday and continue through Saturday, June 2nd. Georgetown Sailing's Women's Team, top ranked in the country over the past two months, will look to win the Hoyas first national title on the women's side. Led by graduated seniors Sydney Bolger & Rebecca Evans, both All-Americans in 2011, and sophomore skippers Nancy Hagood and Amanda Taselaar, the squad has won several Interconference events this year and finished third at the Atlantic Coast Championships at the end of the Fall season. The team qualified for the ICSA Women's Nationals with their winning performance at the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAISA) Championship held in April at Old Dominion University. In Texas there will be seventeen other teams competing against Georgetown for the title coming from across the country and representing some of the best women's sailing talent in the world.
Team Race National Championships
Two-time national champions in team racing (2001 and 2006) the Hoyas will look to add another title starting Sunday, June 3rd through Tuesday, June 5th. Winners of the Graham Hall Team Race Interconference and the St. Mary's College Team Race, both in March, the squad qualified for this event with their third place finish at the Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Championship, in April. Junior skipper Chris Barnard, with Sydney Bolger, Evan Aras, Peter Johns, and crews Hilary Kenyon, Rebecca Evans, Katherine Canty, & Tory Lynch, will look to best thirteen other teams for the win. Unlike the Women's and Coed Championships, in which each school has one boat racing at a time against a boat from each of the seventeen other schools, the Team Race Championship is a three versus three event, where three Georgetown boats race head to head against three boats from one other school. Despite finishing in the top four each of the last four years, the Hoyas have not won this event since 2006 and will be looking for redemption after a successful spring team race season.
Coed Dinghy National Championships
The final event of the ICSA Spring Nationals is the Coed Dinghy Championships, contested between Wednesday, June 6th and Friday, June 9th. Georgetown Sailing won this event in 2008 and will look to defend their number one national ranking in this discipline. The Hoyas qualified for this event with their victories at the America Trophy, MAISA's Conference Championship, and the ICSA Semi-Finals held at Navy on May 12-13. This event features the best teams in college sailing and includes many of the top amateur sailors in North America. Seventeen other schools will be competing against the Hoyas at this event. The Coed team finished 10th at the Atlantic Coast Championships in the fall, but rebounded well in the early spring with a series of victories and top five finishes. Chris Barnard and Hilary Kenyon along with two-time All-American Evan Aras and Katherine Canty will look to lead the squad to a win at this extremely competitive event.