Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailor John Norfleet ’13 was named to the 2013 All-Conference All-Academic Sailing Team by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). The award recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level.
A 2013 ICSA All-American skipper, Norfleet sailed in A Division at the 2013 ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship and also represented the Colleges in the ICSA Team Race National Championship. HWS finished 16th in the coed dinghy championship and placed ninth in the team race championship. Norfleet also sailed in A Division to help the Colleges finish third in the ICSA Coed Dinghy Western Semifinal.
Norfleet competed in the Truxtun Umsted A Division taking second place after a head-to-head tiebreaker with Georgetown. Norfleet again finished second in A Division at the America Trophy, the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Coed Dinghy Championship. He edged Old Dominion by one point, securing fourth place overall and helping HWS earn a spot in the Coed Dinghy National Semifinals.
Norfleet sailed in the Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Championship. The Colleges finished fourth in that regatta, qualifying for the national championship regatta.
In addition to earning All-American status, Norfleet was also named to the 2013 All-MAISA first team. He served as a team captain this season and was presented with the Storck Family Award as Hobart’s most valuable sailor.
In May, Norfleet graduated from Hobart cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He minored in international relations. Norfleet earned Dean’s List and Statesmen Scholar honors during his career.
The All-Academic Sailing Team was inaugurated in 2006. To be nominated, a sailor must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, be a junior or senior academically, and be a key starter or reserve on a school’s sailing team.
A seven-person committee selects up to 10 scholar-athletes for both the first and second all-academic teams, who have proven to be highly competitive both academically and in national competition. This year, for the second time, the committee has also named an all-conference team. This team recognizes exemplary sailors who are also great representatives, but were not able to be included on the first or second teams.
This year’s All-Academic Team is comprised of nine first team members, 10 second team members and 32 all-conference members.