Aug. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - Coming off a season that saw the Georgetown sailing program win another national championship, the Hoyas are ranked No. 1 in the country in the Coed and No. 5 in the women's rankings, released by Sailing World.
"It's a great honor to have a No. 1 preseason ranking, but we still know that we have a lot of work to do," Head Coach Mike Callahan said. "It's a great recognition of the success we've had in the past and we have a great group of hard-working sailors returning this year who are excited for the challenges that lie ahead.
The Coed team received seven first place votes (of 14 possible) and 270 points, ahead of Yale, who had three first place votes and 247 points, while Charleston was third with four first place votes and 242 points. Stanford and Roger Williams rounded out the top-five.
On the women's side, the Hoyas received one first place vote and 134 points. Yale earned 10 first place votes and 201, ahead of Boston College (two first place votes, 150 points), Dartmouth (one first place vote, 148 points) and Connecticut College (138 points).
The sailing team will begin its quest for a ninth national championship when it starts practice on Thursday and competitions next weekend.
The Georgetown coed team will be led by returning All-Americans Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and Hilary Kenyon (Wayzata, Minn./The Blake School). Senior Dan Eichler (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown), sophomore Alex Post (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) and junior Matt Gowell (East Greenwich, R.I./East Greenwich) will be the favorites to win the starting `B' division job.
The Hoyas also welcome an exceptional freshman class that will look to contribute right away. Nevin Snow is the most decorated of the class, as the San Diego, Calif. native won the A division at the high school national championships. He won the U.S. Junior Singlehanded National Championship and is the No. 2 ranked match racer in the United States. Joining Nevin will be Greg Martinez, a native of Houston, Texas, and Sean Golden, from Duxbury, Mass. Martinez won the 2012 United States Youth National Championships in Oregon and Golden led Tabor Academy to the 2011 high school Team Racing National Championship.
The Georgetown women's team will have to offset the losses of All-Americans Sydney Bolger and Rebecca Evans to graduation, but returns a solid group. Juniors Nancy Hagood (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) and Amanda Taselaar (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) will start for the Blue & Gray. Callahan is expecting major contributions from freshmen MaryKate Mezzetti, Isabelle Luzuriaga and Madeline Huggins.
Georgetown opens the 2012-13 on Saturday, Sept. 8, competing at Old Dominion and the United States Naval Academy.