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Mills tabbed Most Valuable Sailor

Headlined by senior Jay Mills, four Hobart College sailors were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletics Department at the 2008 Block H Awards Banquet on April 28. Mills was presented with the Most Valuable Sailor Award, while senior Dan Thompson was honored with the Classes of 1994 Award, junior Josh Parks earned the Most Improved Sailor Award, and first-year David Thompson took home the team’s Rookie Award. Mills has been at the forefront of every major regatta the Colleges’ have sailed in this season. Most recently, he led HWS to an eighth place finish in the ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinals, which qualified the team for dinghy national championship. He and junior Kaitlyn Van Nostrand posted a fourth-place finish in the A division. Mills led the team to a fourth-place finish in the America Trophy, as he, Dan Thompson, and Van Nostrand came in second in the A division. Mills also helped the team take fourth at the Prosser Trophy. He registered a second-place finish in the A division of the MAISA North Spring No. 1, and led the team to finish fourth in the Truxton Umstead Regatta. A team captain, Thompson’s leadership has been a key to the success of this year’s squad. Along with Mills, Thompson led HWS to a second-place finish out of 16 teams at the MAISA North Spring No. 1, as he and senior Laura Golson recorded a second-place finish in the B division. Thompson was also a member of the fourth-place finishing team in the America Trophy, helped the sailors place fourth in the War Memorial Regatta, and third in the Hoyt Trophy. Parks helped the team to a fourth-place finish at the MAISA Sloop Championships in the fall, as the Statesmen missed making it to nationals by a narrow two-point margin. This spring, alongside sophomore Emily Pelo, Parks sailed to an 11th-place finish in the C division of the Boston Club Dinghy Challenge Cup, helping the team take 10th place overall. He also registered a sixth-place finish in the B division of the Moody Trophy, as HWS placed fourth overall. David Thompson has had a successful first season. He was a part of the fourth-place War Memorial team, as he helped sail to a fourth-place B division finish. Thompson was also a member of the fourth-place finishing team at the Prosser Trophy, and competed in the B division of the ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinal.