No. 17 St. Mary's Women's Sailing Qualifies for Women’s Nationals

Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Photo Credit: Bill Wood

 

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

St. Mary's City, Md. – The No. 17 St. Mary's College of Maryland women's sailing team finished third at the MAISA Women's Championship to secure a spot in the 2018 Sperry College Sailing Women's National Championship at Old Dominion University on May 23-26. In addition, the No. 13 St. Mary's coed sailing team placed seventh at the Admiral's Cup hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy-Kings Point.

MAISA Women's Championship (Old Dominion University) – 3rd of 15

  • Saturday featured a 4-7 knot northerly breeze that at times swayed to the south. All races were sailed and racing was solid throughout the day.
  • On Sunday, following a wind delay, the breeze came in at 1:00 p.m. at a sweet 8-15 knots to the northeast, which eventually shifted to the southeast. Three races were sailed in each division before the 4:00 p.m. time limit.
  • In the end, No. 17 St. Mary's finished third right behind No. 9 Georgetown University and right in front of the U.S. Naval Academy. No. 7 Hobart and William Smith Colleges captured the MAISA Championship, edging Georgetown by one point for the title. The top nine teams all qualified for the women's nationals.
  • The tandem of skipper Jessica Bennett '19 and crew Sophia Taczak '21 finished second in Division B with four top-3 finishes in 15 races while the duo of skipper Ellie Ungar '19 and crew Ashley Wagner '20 claimed sixth in Division A with four top-5 finishes.

Admirals Cup (USMMA Kings Point) – 7th of 18

  • There was beautiful weather in Kings Point, N.Y. at the Yocum Sailing Center on Saturday. The forecast called for a northwest wind to slowly diminish as the day progressed. The Northerly stayed all day but not without some light patches and some big shifts. A few starts had to wait for the breeze to stabilize but there were no breakdowns and only one protest.
  • Sunday did not provide the proper weather to sail as there was no wind. The event was called at 1:30 p.m. and the results from Saturday stood as the final.
  • No. 13 St. Mary's came in seventh overall right behind No. 8 Roger Williams University and right in front of No. 12 U.S. Naval Academy. No. 5 Hobart and William Smith Colleges claimed the trophy with a 13-point advantage over No. 1 Yale University.
  • Once again, Division B notched higher placement for the Seahawks as skipper Liam McCarthy '19 and crew Lydia McPherson-Shambarger '19 finished fourth with four top-5 finishes in 18 races while skipper Mackenzie Cooper '17 and Kaisey McCallion '18 took seventh in Division A with four top-5 finishes as well.

Up Next for the Seahawks:

  • Apr. 28-29: America Trophy – St. Mary's City, Md. 

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