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Sailors earn ICSA National berth

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team finished fifth out of 18 teams at the America Trophy over the weekend, earning a berth in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Semifinals. HWS also won the Navy Spring Keelboat Regatta, and placed second in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Spring Open on Seneca Lake.

At the America Trophy, hosted by Cornell, sophomore Austen Anderson and senior Meghan Jordan guided the team to a spot in the ICSA semifinals with a third place finish in the B division. They, along with sophomore Aimee Kelleher, placed in the top-five in 10 of 16 races. In the A division, sophomore Sam Blouin, sophomore Chris Klevan, junior Sam Padnos, and junior Hannah Littell teamed up to finish fifth, after earning eight top-five finishes.

At Navy, junior John Babbitt, sophomore Patrick Kana, sophomore Alex Butti, and first-year Potter Hodgson combined to finish first out of 13 teams. They finished nine of 10 races in the top-three, including one win, posting a regatta-low score of 27. Second-place Cornell finished with a score of 35.

At home on Seneca Lake, junior Caroline Patten and senior Emily Pelo paced HWS with first-place finish in the A division, while first-year Tim Zacher and sophomore Katelyn Yonce placed second in the B division. Patten and Pelo finished out of the top-two only once (4th place) in 12 races, winning eight times. Likewise, Zacher and Yonce placed in the top-three in all but one race, in which they finished fourth. Overall, N.Y. Maritime narrowly edged HWS for the win by three points.

The sailors will be back on the water April 24-25, when they compete in the MAISA Women’s Spring Dinghy Championship, the Admirals Cup Regatta, and the Thompson Trophy Regatta. The ICSA Western Semifinal will be held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-2.