The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team closed out the 2018-19 season with a fourth place finish at the Gill College Sailing National Championship on Newport Harbor today. The event was hosted by Brown University with Sail Newport. This was the second straight year that the Colleges finished fourth in the event.
The Colleges advanced to this year’s national championship after winning the western semifinals contested on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Colleges were one of 18 teams competing for the national championship.
Thirty-two races, 16 in each division, were completed during the two-day championship. HWS sat in seventh place with 157 points after the first 20 races. Twelve additional races were contested this afternoon. The Colleges finished the regatta with 256 points.
Seniors Charlie Miller and Lindsey Kloc sailed in B Division for HWS. They finished second with 98 points. Miller and Kloc were in the top 10 in all 16 races, collecting eight top five finishes. They won the fourth and 11th races. Navy won B Division by 33 points. St. Mary’s (Md.) was third 21 points behind HWS.
Junior Hector Guzman served as skipper in A Division with juniors Maya Weber and Kyle Easton and first-year Jake Vickers competing as crew. They finished 12th with 158 points. Weber sailed in races 1-6 and 9-14, Easton competed in races seven and eight and Vickers sailed in the last two races of the regatta. They combined for 10 top 10 finishes.
The College of Charleston used a second place finish in the final race of the regatta to claim the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy as National Champions. The Cougars finished the regatta with 205 points, five ahead of Yale. The Bulldogs finished ninth in the final race. Navy rounded out the podium, finishing with 215 points.
The Colleges competed in all three ICSA Championships this spring. HWS finished eighth at the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship. William Smith was 17th at the Sperry Women’s National Championship.