Four members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team were named to the 2011-12 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-America teams following the ICSA national championship regattas in Austin, Texas. Senior skipper Sam Blouin was tabbed a coed All-American, senior skipper Austen Anderson earned coed All-American honorable mention, and senior Chris Klevan and junior Catherine Pelo were honored as ICSA crew All-Americans.
One of four finalists for the Everett B. Morris College Sailor of the Year award, Blouin placed fifth in A Division at the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship and helped HWS to a third place showing in the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. Blouin posted another third place effort in A Division in the America Trophy regatta, the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) coed dinghy championship, while helping the Colleges to a second place finish in the Prosser Trophy, the MAISA team race championship. He also won A Division at the Thompson Trophy.
In the fall, Blouin won A Division at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship, finished third in the Carl Van Duyne Trophy (MAISA singlehanded championship), and placed eighth at the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship. Additionally, he won A Division at the Danmark Trophy.
During his collegiate sailing career, Blouin sailed in eight ICSA national championship events, including a second place finish in the 2011 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.
Like Blouin, Anderson was also a key component of HWS’ success in team racing, serving as a skipper at the Prosser Trophy and the ICSA team race nationals. In coed dinghy sailing this season, he was the Colleges’ top B Division skipper, placing fourth in the America Trophy, fifth in the ICSA Eastern Coed Dinghy Semifinal, and eighth at nationals. Anderson competed in five ICSA national championship regattas over the past four seasons.
A two-time All-American crew, Klevan sailed with Blouin to victory in A Division at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship. He was also a central figure in HWS’ national championship qualifying, helping the Colleges take second at the Prosser and sailing to sixth place in A Division at the Eastern semifinal. At nationals, Klevan competed in both the team race and coed dinghy title chased, helping HWS finish eighth in the coed B Division with a late surge. He competed in five ICSA national championship regattas over the past four seasons.
Pelo sailed with Blouin in A Division at the coed dinghy national championship and was also on the water for the Colleges at the team race nationals. She teamed with Bluoin and Klevan at the Eastern semifinal. Pelo coupled with Blouin to win A Division at the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship, the Danmark Trophy, and the Thompson Trophy, and to finish third in A Division in the America Trophy. She has sailed in four ICSA national championships during her career.
Since 1996, Hobart and William Smith sailors have earned All-America recognition 49 times. It’s the first time HWS has had four All-Americans in one season since 2006.