The Hobart and William Smith College sailing team will compete for the 2017 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship this weekend, May 27-29 in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The Colleges are ranked seventh in the latest Sail1Design ICSA College Team Race Rankings.
Sixteen teams will begin competition on Saturday at the College of Charleston’s J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center. After a round robin stage where each team faces off with the other 15 teams, the top eight teams will split off for a second round robin. Once the top eight round robin is complete, the top four teams will partake in a final four round robin which will determine the podium places. The national champion will bring home the Walter C. Wood Trophy.
HWS earned a spot in this weekend’s championship thanks to a fourth place finish at the Prosser Trophy in Throggs Neck, N.Y. Junior Greiner Hobbs, sophomore Charlie Miller, and first-year Hector Guzman served as crew while first-years Anna Flaherty, Kyle Easton, and Maya Weber, sophomore Chris Manson-Hing and Lindsey Kloc, and junior Noah Barrengos competed as crew for the Colleges. HWS finished the weekend with an 8-6 overall record, posting an identical 4-3 mark in the conference championship regatta’s two round robins. Navy, Old Dominion, and Georgetown were the other MAISA qualifying schools.
The Colleges will open Saturday’s racing against the Monarchs. HWS was 1-1 against Old Dominion at the Prosser Trophy and is 6-1 against the Monarchs this year. This year’s field also includes Boston College, the host College of Charleston, MIT, Northwestern, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Eckerd, Oregon State, Stanford, Tufts, Texas A&M, and Yale.
HWS will use the same lineup it used at the Prosser Trophy.
HWS is making its first appearance at the team race national championships since 2013 when the Colleges finished ninth in St. Petersburg, Fla. This weekend will mark HWS’ 10th appearance at the Regatta since 1999. The Colleges brought home the Walter C. Wood Trophy in 2005.