CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 3-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team topped the No. 1 and No. 2 schools in the country to win the Navy Fall Intersectional hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., while the No. 6-ranked CofC women’s sailing team finished an impressive third at the Yale Women’s Intersectional hosted by Yale over the weekend in New London, Conn.
The Cougars claimed a 27-point victory in the 18-team Navy regatta which was sailed on Annapolis Harbor just off Triton Point. They combined for 287 points across four divisions to defeat second-place and top-ranked Georgetown (314), third-place and No. 4 Brown (323), fourth-place and No. 8 St. Mary’s College of Maryland (357) and fifth-place and No. 2 Yale (358).
A total of eight races in each division were completed before three o’clock for a total of 14 races for the weekend. CofC sailed to victory amid shifty 10-12 knot Southerly breeze on Sunday.
The Cougars placed third in both A-and B-Divisions behind the top rotations of senior All-American skipper Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and sophomore crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) in A-Division and senior All-American skipper Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.) and senior crew Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) in B-Division.
Senior Juan Maegli (Guatemala City, Guatemala), fresh off his 2012 London Olympic Games campaign, claimed a 29-point margin of victory in the Laser C-Division with nine finishes in second-place or better in 14 races (36 points) ahead of Kieran Chung of Stanford (65 points), while freshman Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.) finished fifth in D-Division with two first-place finishes.
“I am very proud of the way our sailors competed this weekend,” CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. “These results are not only attributed to the sailors who competed at the events, but the entire team.”
Like the coed team, the CofC women had a strong showing at the 20-team regatta at Yale. They placed third with 98 points behind first-place and No. 7 Dartmouth (78) and second-place and No. 1 Yale (84).
Sophomore skipper Kayla Gibson (Houston, Texas) and senior crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) finished fifth in A-Division with 55 points, while sophomore skipper Melany Johnson (Berwyn, Pa.) and junior crew Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) placed third in B-Division with 43 points.
The Cougars will next host the SAISA Match Race regatta on Oct. 20-21 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., as well as travel to the Hoyt Trophy hosted by Brown on Oct. 20-21 in Providence, R.I.