The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team closed out the 2017-18 season with a fourth place finish at the College Sailing/Gill Coed National Championships on the Elizabeth River today. The event was hosted at the Old Dominion University’s Sailing Center.
The Colleges advanced to this year’s championship after winning the eastern semifinals contested on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Colleges were one of 18 teams competing for the national championship.
Twenty-four races, 12 in each division, were completed in each division on the first day of competition. HWS sat in third with 173 points. Massachusetts Institute of Technology led the field with 121 points. Light winds forced a delay in today’s racing and only four additional races were completed today. The Colleges finished the competition with 196 points, one behind Georgetown for third place.
In A Division, senior Greiner Hobbs and junior Lindsey Kloc finished third with 92 points, three points behind Georgetown. Hobbs and Kloc were in the top 10 in all but two races. They won the second and third races on Thursday as the Colleges jumped to an early lead in the regatta. Hobbs and Kloc were fifth and eight in today’s races.
Sophomores Hector Guzman and Maya Weber represented HWS in B Division, finishing fourth with 104 points. They compiled 10 top 10 finishes, including three thirds. Guzman and Weber placed fourth and sixth in today’s two races.
MIT built on their day one lead and finished the national championship regatta with 136 points, claiming the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy by 57 points. The College of Charleston, last year’s national champion, was second with 193 points. Georgetown rounded out the top three with 195 points. HWS’ fourth place finish was its best finish since taking second at the event in 2011.
The Colleges competed in all three ICSA Championships this spring. HWS finished third at the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship. William Smith was third at the Sperry Women’s National Championship.