No. 13 St. Mary's Coed Sailing Takes 14th at National Championship

2018 Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship
2018 Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Norfolk, Va. – The No. 13 St. Mary's College of Maryland coed sailing team picked up a 14th-place finish at the 2018 Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship on Friday at Old Dominion University, marking the end of the 2017-18 season.

The four-day event concluded with the crowning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the national champion, snapping a 57-year spell since the Engineers' last title in 1961. MIT has a connection to Seahawk sailing as the Engineers are coached by St. Mary's alum, Matt Lindblad '99.

Gill Coed Western Semifinal – 8th of 18

  • Following a short onshore postponement, all races were sailed in a light 4-10 knot northeast breeze. St. Mary's was sitting in sixth place after the first day of competition, three points ahead of Stanford University and putting the Seahawks in good position to claim a championship berth.
  • The next day, the Seahawks dropped two spots but remained in the Top 9 and advanced to the national championship.
  • Skipper Bradley Adam '17 and crew Ashley Wagner '20 claimed top honors in Division B with 34 points as the Seahawks owned the head-to-head tiebreaker over Georgetown University. The duo notched six Top-5 finishes, including winning races 2B, 3B, and 5B.
  • In Division A, skipper Mackenzie Cooper '17 and crew Lydia McPherson-Shambarger '19 (1-6, 9) and Kaisey McCallion '18 (7-8) joined forces for a 12th-place finish in the division behind four Top-10 finishes, including taking third in Race 3A.

Gill Coed National Championship – 14th of 18

  • The first day of championship action witnessed 5-10 knot winds from the southwest, which steadily built throughout the day with the final races being sailed in 9-15 knots from the south. In all, 12 races were completed in each division. St. Mary's stood 12th in the team standings.
  • On Friday, the last day of racing, the wind was light and variable, blowing 5-8 knots from the south and went 90 degrees right to the west. The wind died and it filled in from the southwest and then from the northwest before once again dying.
  • MIT won the national championship by a sizable margin, besting the defending national champion, the College of Charleston, by 57 points. The Engineers also notched low point in each division.
  • Adam and Wagner (1-10, 13-18) continued to sail well in Division B, taking second overall with help from Katherine Bjerregaard '19 who came in for races 11B and 12B. The trio posted eight Top-5 placements as Adam and Wagner tallied first-place finishes in races 1B, 4B, 6B, 8B, and 9B while Adam and Bjerregaard came in second both times.

Up Next for the Seahawks:

  • Season Complete 

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