The Hobart and William Smith Colleges sailing team finished second at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Match Racing National Championships. The Colleges finished the weekend with 11 wins.
Juniors Greiner Hobbs and Noah Barrengos, senior Sam Hallowell, and first-year Maya Weber represented HWS in its first trip to the match race national championship since 2003. Hobbs, Barrengos, Hallowell, and Weber secured a spot in the championship after winning the MAISA Match Race Championship.
The three-day championship began with a round robin stage. The Colleges finished tied for second with the College of Charleston, recording a 7-2 record. HWS beat the Cougars head-to-head to advance to the quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed. The Colleges also collected wins over Boston College, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, Wisconsin, Texas A&M Galveston, and the University of Washington.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, HWS drew the Eagles who finished the round robin in seventh place. Due to darkness, races were called after flight one of the quarterfinals. The Colleges held a 1-0 lead over Boston College. On Sunday morning, in the rain, HWS collected its second point of the match to advance to the next round. In the semifinals, the Colleges defeated the College of Charleston 2-0 for the second time on the weekend.
The national championship match featured a rematch of the MAISA Match Race where HWS defeated Georgetown. In San Diego, the Hoya crew of AJ Reiter, Meaghan MacRae, Sean Segerblom, and Roger Dorr came away with a 2-0 win to clinch the national championship for Georgetown.
The Colleges have completed the 2016 portion of their schedule.