Hobart College senior Rob Crane was named to the 2009 U.S. Sailing Team—Under-23. A standout sailor for the Hobart and William Smith sailing team, Crane’s selection to the team means he has been identified as a future Olympic prospect. In all, 35 sailors were placed on two teams according to age—U18 or U23.
“If anyone deserves this honor, Rob does,” Head Sailing Coach Scott Iklé ’84 said. “He’s worked very hard over the past four years to become a better laser sailor. It’s nice to see him selected to the under-23 team.”
US SAILING, the organization that announced the teams, will provide all 35 sailors with top-level coaching, and educational, administrative and logistical support throughout the year. US SAILING’s Performance Enhancement Team, consisting of physical trainers, dietitians and sports psychologists, will guide the sailors at training camps and at other various events.
Crane was selected to the U.S. Sailing Team—U23 based on the regatta results and awards he’s earned while a sailor at HWS. His impressive resume includes a third place finish at the 2008 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Men’s Singlehanded Championships. Crane also qualified for the 2006 ICSA Singlehanded Championships, where he finished 13th. He is the fifth Statesman to advance to the men’s championship, and the first to do so twice.
Additionally, Crane helped the team record third-place finishes in the MAISA Sloop Championships, the Carl Van Duyne Regatta, and the Atlantic Coast Tournament this fall. The HWS sailors will begin spring competition on Feb. 14, when the team travels to Tampa, Fla., for the Mendelblatt Team Race.