St. Mary's Sailing Finishes Fifth at Charleston Spring Interconference

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 picked up a fifth-place finish at the College of Charleston Spring Interconference on March 10-11 while taking 11th at the Navy Spring Women's Interconference.

Charleston Spring (College of Charleston) – 5th of 15

  • Saturday started off with almost no current and a wind of 7 knots out of the west. As the day progressed, the wind shifted to the south which delayed racing until the course could be setup again. Going into the lunch break, the wind picked up to nearly 20 knots which made for much more physical racing. As the day concluded, host Charleston was in first place with Jacksonville University sitting in second.
  • The Seahawks found themselves fifth in the 15-team field after Saturday racing. Sophomore skipper Josh Paper (West Friendship, Md./Glenelg) and first-year Allison Gingerich (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) finished sixth in Division A with five Top 5 finishes while junior skipper Jessica Bennett (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and sophomore crew Dyson Lord (Moretown, Vt.) took seventh in Division B with three Top 3 placements.
  • Sunday did not see a great breeze, which allowed for minimal races to take place. Charleston finished the weekend sitting in first with the University of South Florida in second. St. Mary's took fifth overall.

Navy Spring Women's (U.S. Naval Academy) – 11th of 20

  • This was Navy's first home regatta of the spring season. Saturday started with a beautiful 10-knot northwesterly; unfortunately, it didn't stay that way. The wind headed back to the west and became wildly shifty across the river. Despite the tricky conditions, 10 races were completed in each division.
  • Day two also did not disappoint with weather. An 8-knot northwesterly eventually clocked all the way east, allowing for six races in each division.
  • Charleston claimed first place followed by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in second. St. Mary's finished 11th overall, right in front of 12th-place South Florida.
  • Senior skipper Ellie Ungar (Kirkland, Wash./Interlake) and sophomore crew Ashley Wagner (Wye Mills, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) placed sixth in Division A with three first-place finishes while first-years Gloria Kevliciute (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) and Sophia Taczak (Annapolis, Md./Severn) finished 12th in Division B.

Up Next for the Seahawks:

  • Mar. 17-18: St. Mary's Women's Interconference – St. Mary's City, Md.
  • Mar. 17-18: Graham Hall Team Race – Annapolis, Md. – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Mar. 17-18: Washington College Team Race – Chestertown, Md. 

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