The Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ sailing team was in action on Seneca Lake over the weekend in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Women’s Spring Championship, where the Herons sailed to a second-place finish out of 11 teams and earned a berth in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s National Championships. HWS also competed in the Admiral’s Cup at Merchant Marine, placing fifth out of 17 teams, and in Boston at the Morris Trophy, where the team finished fourth out of 13.
William Smith sophomore skipper Kelly Crane and senior crew Kaitlyn Van Nostrand won the A division of the MAISA Women’s Spring Championship with a regatta-low score of 28. They won five of the weekend’s 11 races and placed in the top three eight times. In the B division, sophomore skipper Caroline Patten and junior crew Emily Pelo placed fifth with seven top-5 finishes, including three victories.
At the Admiral’s Cup, senior Rob Crane placed second in the C division with 24 points after finishing second in five of the eight races. First-year Austen Anderson and junior Meghan Jordan earned seventh place in the B division (59 points), while junior John Sampson and sophomore Katie Koelle finished 12th in the A division (84).
In Boston, sophomore David Thompson and junior Jennifer Crupnick earned third in the B division with 56 points. They finished six of the 12 races in the top-4, including one win. Sophomore Sam Padnos and first-year Aimee Kelleher raced in the B division, placing sixth with 75 points.
The sailing team will be back on the water May 2-3, when it travels to Boston, Mass., to compete in the ICSA National Semifinals.