ST. MARY’S CITY, MD June 8, 2014 – The No. 5-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team placed seventh overall and eight points shy of a Top-5 finish at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
The Cougars, defending national champions in the event, tallied 269 points in the 18-field, two-division championship regatta. No. 2-ranked Yale won this year’s national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy with 121 points followed by No. 4 Georgetown (209 points) in second, Boston College (254 points) in third, No. 1 Stanford (260 points) in fourth, Tufts University (261 points) in fifth and Old Dominion (264 points) in sixth.
Sophomore Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) skippered A-Division to an 11th-place finish with junior All-American crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.), while Charleston used a four-player rotation winning a fifth-place tiebreaker in B-Division with sophomore skipper Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior crew Roy Shaw (Bacliff, Texas) in race 1, sophomore crew Emily Stuart (Newport, R.I.) in races 2-4, 6-18 and sophomore crew Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.) in race 5. Blumenthal was the lone starter from last year’s national title squad in the lineup.
CofC will return the majority of its youthful, but talented team next season with the loss of only six seniors to vie for more national and conference titles.
Portions of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, filmed by Gary Jobson and Chris Love, will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU on Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. (ET), Saturday, July 12 at 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. (ET) and Sunday, July 13 at 8 a.m. (ET).