The Hobart and William Smith College sailing team captured its second Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Championship title of the season this past weekend with a win at the America Trophy hosted by Navy. The Colleges won the MAISA Team Racing Championship three weeks earlier. The victory qualifies HWS for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill Coed Dinghy Championships on June 8-10. St. Mary’s and Old Dominion earned the remaining two qualifying berths.
“Winning two district championships this year is a tribute to the work the entire team has put in throughout the year,” Head Coach Scott Iklé said. “Our success is a testament to the role players and how well they have prepared those who sail in the championship events with their hard work at practices. This has been a team effort all year.”
Sailing for HWS in the A division were senior skipper John Storck (St. Anthony’s/Huntington, N.Y.) and sophomore crew Amanda Markee (Torrey Pines/Santa Fe, Calif.). In 18 races, the duo earned 14 top-five finishes in the 18-team field, including two victories, to finish second to Georgetown in the division.
Sophomore skipper Trevor Moore (Woodstock Union/Pomfret, Vt.) and junior crew Augusta Nadler (Tabor Academy/Marion, Mass.) teamed up for B division racing, finishing second behind St. Mary’s. Moore and Nadler opened the weekend with a victory in the first outing and added nine more over the course of the two-day regatta.
Ranked third in the most recent Sailing World College Rankings, HWS has qualified for both the ICSA/Layline Team Racing Championship (June 5-7) and the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy Championships. William Smith also earned a berth in the ICSA/Gill Women’s Championship (June 1-3). The ICSA national championship events begin on June 1, in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Yacht Club.