The Hobart and William Smith sailing team earned a fourth place finish out of 18 teams at the America Trophy- the MAISA Dinghy Championships, and qualified for the ICSA National Championship semifinals. HWS also earned a first place finish at the MAISA Spring Open this weekend.
HWS competed for the America Trophy in St. Mary’s Md., on Saturday and Sunday. After the first six races, HWS stood in first place. Big gusts then caused several crews to capsize, including HWS, and the team was unable to recover posting 12th and 13th place finishes which bumped them out of first place. The fourth place finish allows HWS to represent MAISA at the ICSA National Championship semifinals April 30 and May 1.
In the A Division, junior Sam Blouin, senior Sam Padnos, junior Chris Klevan and sophomore Bridget Nannig recorded a fourth place finish. They sailed to top 10 finishes in 14 out of their 17 races. In the B Division, senior David Thompson, senior Hannah Littell, and sophomore Catherine Pelo claimed second place. They finished in the top 5 in 12 of their races.
This weekend, HWS also hosted the MAISA Spring Open. The team recorded both first and second place finishes. Sophomore Tim Zacher, sophomore Kathryn Moloney, and first-year Morgan Gould earned a first place finish in the A Division. Junior Patrick Kana, sophomore Rebecca Liggins, and senior Holly Huffine were right behind them, finishing in second place. In the B Division, junior Alex Butti and first-year Jacqueline Day recorded a first place finish, and first-year Louis Padnos, first-year Julia Oak and sophomore John Davenport claimed second.
HWS will be back on the water next weekend April 23-24 at the MAISA Women’s Spring Dinghy Regatta in Annapolis, Md., at the Admiral’s Cup in King’s Point, N.Y., and at the Thompson Trophy in New London, Conn.