No. 13 Seahawk Coed Sailing Headed to Dinghy 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. 13 St. Mary's College of Maryland coed sailing team were unable to defend their MAISA Dinghy Championship title on April 28-29 as the Seahawks finished second at the America Trophy, which was hosted at the St. Mary's College waterfront. However, St. Mary's did snag a berth in the 2018 Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship at Old Dominion University on May 29 – June 1.

America Trophy (St. Mary's College) – 2nd of 18

  • Saturday started out as a beautiful day for a regatta but finished with some unusual conditions. Racing started with a light southerly and after one less than inspiring race inside Horseshoe Bend, racing moved to south of Church Point to complete 4A and 3B. The breeze shifted to the northeast in the afternoon and then eventually settled into the southeast at 10 knots. Ten races were completed with several redress requests and protests.
  • The Seahawks found themselves in a good spot after Saturday racing, holding down fifth in the team standings with 146 points. No. 5 Hobart and William Smith Colleges was in first (92) followed by No. 14 Old Dominion University (102) in second, No. 10 George Washington University (130) in third, and No. 12 Navy in (134) fourth.
  • St. Mary's continued to battle on Sunday to take second in the final standings with 212 points. ODU (187) overtook the first-place spot as HWS (220) dropped to third, Navy (258) finished fifth and GWU (269) fell to seventh.
  • The Seahawks used a team effort to place second in Division B behind skipper Bradley Adam '17 and crew Ashley Wagner '20 (1-9), Kate Bjerregaard '19 (10-12, 15), and Thomas Walker '21 (13-14, 16-18). The group tallied eight Top-3 finishes including a first-place finish in Race 11B with Adam and Bjerregaard.
  • The efforts of skippers Mackenzie Cooper '17 (1-6, 10-18) and Lewis Cooper '21 (7-9) and crew Kaisey McCallion '18 (1-9) and Lydia McPherson-Shambarger '19 (10-18) helped St. Mary's finish seventh in Division A, one point behind ODU. The Seahawks notched five Top-3 placements, including first-place finishes in Races 10A and 17A with M. Cooper and McPherson-Shambarger.

Up Next for the Seahawks:

  • May 22-25: Sperry Women's National Championship – Norfolk, Va. (Old Dominion)
  • May 29-June 1: Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship – Norfolk, Va. (Old Dominion) 

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