St. Mary's Sailing Takes Home Moody Trophy

Photo Credit: Tom Brewer
Photo Credit: Tom Brewer

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing team captured the Moody Trophy hosted by the University of Rhode Island this past weekend. In addition, the Seahawks competed at the Jen Harris Navy Fall Women's hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.

Moody Trophy (University of Rhode Island) – 1st of 18

  • It was a beautiful Saturday on Salt Pond with warm temperatures and a super steady southerly breeze building gradually from 4-9 knots.
  • After the 6A and 6B races, Harvard University (45 points) finished Saturday in the lead followed by Yale University (47 pts.) and St. Mary's (52 pts.).
  • On Sunday, there was a south-southwest breeze all day, initially below forecast for the first three races in Division A then followed by a big build and rain for Division B. Racing was incredibly close all day, but Harvard, Yale and St. Mary's continued to gradually extend on the rest of the field.
  • Going into the final races, Yale looked solid with an eight-point lead on St. Mary's but dropped 10 points to St. Mary's in 10A. Yale got one back in 10B but St. Mary's gained the win by one point.
  • Sophomore skipper Dane Byerly (Seabrook, Texas/Clear Springs) and crew Lydia McPherson-Shambarger (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and Thomas Walker (Henrico, Va.) captured Division A by four points over Harvard.
  • In Division B, junior skipper Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) and crew Kira Allen (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Kate Bjerregard (Bristol, R.I./La Salle Academy) finished third behind Yale and Roger Williams University.

Jen Harris Navy Fall Women's (U.S. Naval Academy) – 9th of 17

  • Saturday started with a breeze of 8-10 knots coming out of the south and gradually built as the day went on.
  • Despite the heavy boat traffic and busy day on the water, it proved to be one of the finest days of sailing the Naval Academy has seen in some time.
  • Sunday brought lighter winds and a cloudier sky but it still proved to be a good day for sailing.
  • The College of Charleston walked away with the first-place finish but the Seahawks had a solid day, coming in ninth.
  • The highlight of the weekend was the fifth-place finish by first-year skipper Gloria Kevliciute (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) and crew Ashley Wagner (Wye Mills, Md./Saints Peter and Paul), Sophia Taczak (Annapolis, Md./Severn School), and Grace Papp (Gloucester, Mass.) in Division B.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 14-15 – Trux Umsted Intersectional at U.S. Naval Academy 

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