The top-ranked Georgetown coed sailing team lived up to its billing this weekend, blowing the competition out of the water in the Truxton Umstead Regatta. Despite facing a field that included the nation’s top 18 teams, the Hoyas cruised to an easy victory, finishing 48 points ahead of second place Yale.

The Hoyas won both the A and B divisions thanks to strong performances by sophomore skipper Charlie Buckingham and junior crew Alexandra Taylor in A division, and the other pairing of sophomore Evan Aras and junior Caila Johnson in B division. Both teams won their respective divisions.

Sophomore Scott Furnary’s third-place finish in the single-handed C division earned effusive praise from Head Coach Mike Callahan, who lauded Furnary’s performance.

“It was the best regatta he’s ever sailed in college,” Callahan said.

The lone junior skipper, Marco Teixidor, sailed to a fifth-place finish in the single-handed D division. Callahan is looking forward to the release of the newest rankings, and expects great things.

“We should have pretty close to a unanimous number one [ranking] for the coed team,” Callahan said.

The second-ranked women’s team was also in action this past weekend and overcame a slow start to finish fifth at the St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional. The women, like their coed mates, faced stiff competition from a field that featured 14 of the top 15 teams in the country. Although the Hoyas finished fifth, they were only 22 points behind the first-place College of Charleston team.

Georgetown’s A division pairing of senior Emily Babbitt and sophomore Ashley Phillips struggled on the first day, but they finished in the top 10 of every race on the second day en route to an eighth place finish. “It was an okay finish for us [against] a tough fleet, but we certainly could have done better,” Callahan said.

Freshman skipper Sydney Bolger and sophomore Ginger Cutler did not win any of the B division races, but their consistent top-five finishes paid off when they won their division by six points over Harvard and Yale.

The women’s team will have this upcoming weekend off, but the coed team is participating in three regattas. The first team will be at Old Dominion for its last regatta prior to national qualifiers. Members of the second and third teams will either be at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or staying home to sail in the Arrigan Regatta at Georgetown.

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