McPherson-Shambarger Named ICSA All-American

Lydia McPherson-Shambarger '19
Lydia McPherson-Shambarger '19

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

Norfolk, Va. – The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) announced the 2017-18 All-America Crews following the conclusion of the 2018 Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship on June 1. Junior Lydia McPherson-Shambarger (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) represented the St. Mary's College of Maryland as an ICSA Honorable Mention All-America Crew.

A committee of representatives from the seven conferences in the ICSA selects the All-America team. This year's committee is Ian Burman (chair), MAISA; William Martin, MAISA; Geoff Pedrick, MCSA; David Thompson, NEISA; Michael Kalin, NEISA; John Vandemoer, PCCSC; Ward Cromwell, SAISA; Charles Higgins, SEISA; and Scott Wilson, NWICSA.

To select an All-America Crew, the committee considers demonstrated leadership (may consider seniority), outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails.

The committee selects up to 20 All-America Crews and additional Honorable Mentions together totaling not more than 30 honorees.

McPherson-Shambarger, who was selected as an All-Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Crew, was part of three low-point boats this season. 

She started the season by teaming up with skipper Dane Byerly '20 to claim top honors in Division B at the 43rd Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Trophy (Sep. 9-10) at Yale University before joining forces with Byerly and crew Thomas Walker '21 to capture Division A at the Moody Trophy (Oct. 7-8) at the University of Rhode Island.

In the spring, McPherson-Shambarger, Walker, and crew Kaisey McCallion '18 aided skipper Lewis Cooper '21 finish first in Division B at the Navy Spring (Apr. 14-15) at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In all, McPherson-Shambarger helped the Seahawks notch seven Top-3 divisional finishes this season. 

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