Four members of the Hobart College sailing team were recently honored at the 2013 Block H Awards Dinner. Senior John Norfleet took home top honors as the recipient of the Most Valuable Sailor Award.
Sophomore Elliott Morrill was presented the Class of 1994 Award for his commitment to the team, first-year Stewart Draheim received the Storck Family Award as the most improved, and first-year Eddie Cox earned the Rookie Award for Sailing.
Norfleet earned All-America honors from the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) and all-conference praise from the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) this season. He sailed in A Division at the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship and also represented HWS in the ICSA Team Race National Championship. Norfleet also sailed in A Division to help the Colleges finish third in the ICSA Coed Dinghy Western Semifinal.
Norfleet’s regular season highlights included a second place finish in A Division at the Truxtun Umstead and a second place finish in A Division at the America Trophy, the MAISA coed dinghy championship, helping HWS qualify for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Semifinals.
Morrill won A Division at the Kings Point Open, helping HWS to a second place finish in the regatta. He finished second in A Division in the MAISA Spring Open, helping the Colleges to victory. Morrill added a third place effort in A Division at the New York Maritime Open, as HWS finished second. He won the 2012 Rookie Award for Sailing.
Draheim earned a pair of victories in his first season on Seneca Lake. He won the A Division at the MAISA Fall Open, leading HWS to victory, and won B Division in the MAISA Spring Open, another overall win for the Colleges. Draheim finished second in B Division in the HWS Fall Intersectional and third in B Division at the MAISA Invitational. He also sailed in B Division at the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship.
Cox was an integral part of the HWS team race lineup. He helped the Colleges win the Admiral Moore Team Race Regatta, finish fourth at the Prosser Trophy, the MAISA team race championship, and sailed for HWS at the ICSA Team Race National Championship. Cox’s best finish in coed dinghy sailing was a second place in A Division of the Cornell Fall Open. He also took third sailing solo in D Division at the Truxtun Umstead regatta.
The Hobart and William Smith sailing teams qualified for all three ICSA spring national championship regattas. HWS placed ninth in the team race championship and 16th in the coed dinghy championship. William Smith finished 14th in the women’s dinghy championship. The Colleges have appeared in three straight team race national championship regattas and 11 consecutive coed dinghy championships.