Whoever said that girls could not play with the boys apparently forgot to tell the Georgetown women’s sailing team.

Georgetown sent the only all-women’s team to the Rose Bowl Regatta last weekend, and the Hoyas, ranked eighth nationally among women’s teams, finished in sixth out of 23 teams.

“It’s the best competition in the country,” Georgetown Head Coach Mike Callahan said.

No. 6 Boston College won the event with 51 points, followed by No. 3 Hawaii and No. 5 USC, the host school.

The regatta looked like it would get off to a promising start for the Georgetown A team as senior skipper Darby Anderson and sophomore crew Jamie Loeks sailed into third place in the first race until it had to be canceled mid-race because the wind died out.

The race restarted, and the Hoyas were in the middle of the pack when they committed a foul. They finished in 21st place.

“It could be a function of she [Darby] hadn’t sailed in a month or so,” Callahan said, “and she didn’t sail as good as she could’ve.”

The A team rebounded on the second day, finishing fourth, third, eighth and eighth again in the four races of the day. The team ended up taking seventh place with 76 points.

The Georgetown B team of sophomore skipper Blaire Herron and freshman crew Carly Chamberlain finished in the top 10 in every race, including three first-place finishes. Their 41 total points put them in fourth place in their division.

There were eight total races in each division.

The Rose Bowl Regatta also serves an important role in the recruiting process, as high school sailors also compete so collegiate coaches can scout young talent.

“We’ve got a bunch of kids from Southern California, particularly, that we’re looking at.

It was good to see them in action,” Callahan said. “Most of the best sailors in the country right now are coming out of California.”

One current Georgetown sailor from Southern California is senior Andrew Campbell, who won the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Male Sailing Athlete of the Year award on Jan. 4. Campbell previously won the award in 2002, a rare accomplishment.

“I had no idea that this . was going to come my way,” Campbell said.

The award had special meaning for Campbell because he knows many of the people involved in the Olympic development group personally.

“It was actually pretty heartfelt. These are people I have a lot of respect for, so to know that they have the same respect for me is an honor,” he said.

Campbell was also nominated for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. U.S. Sailing announced that Nick Scandone, a 39-year-old disabled athlete, was named the winner on Nov. 11.

With Campbell leading the way, the Georgetown co-ed team finished the fall season No. 1 in the nation.

Callahan also credited sophomore Chris Behm and senior Ed Du oulin with helping the Hoyas reach the top.

But with the fall behind them, the Hoyas now look forward to the spring season, which starts in a few weeks.

“We won’t be too concerned with the rankings at the start,” Callahan said. “The real ranking we’re concerned with is after nationals – making nationals.”

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