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Herons earn berth in national championship

The William Smith sailing team scored a huge upset over the weekend and in the process secured a berth in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s National Championship Regatta. The unranked Herons bested No. 1 and regatta host St. Mary’s, No. 5 Georgetown, No. 12 Navy, and No. 14 Old Dominion to win the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Women’s Championship. First-year Caroline Patton and sophomore Maria Trainor won the B Division by three points over ODU (16-19). The pair won two of the weekend’s eight races and never finished lower than third. Senior Kate Wilson and first-year Kelly Crane placed fourth in the A Division, finishing first or second in three of the eight races. This is the eight consecutive season the Herons have qualified for the ICSA Women’s Championship Regatta. The 2008 championship will be co-hosted by Salve Regina and Brown, May 26-28. Hobart and William Smith also sailing in three coed regattas over the weekend, finishing second in both the Admiral’s Cup in Kings Point, N.Y., and the MAISA Spring Open in Throggs Head, N.Y., while placing 10th in the Thompson Trophy in New London, Conn. At the Admiral’s Cup, HWS trailed only St. Mary’s (415-451) in the 20-team field. The Colleges finished ninth in both the A and B Divisions, but junior Rob Crane won the singlehanded C Division, lifting HWS into second place. At the MAISA Spring Open, sophomore Mark DuMarlin and senior Hunter Farris finished second in the B Division, while senior Mairin Wilson and sophomore Ned Turney took third in the A Division. HWS will host the inaugural 18-team ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinal, April 26-27, on Seneca Lake.