While most Georgetown students scattered far from the Hilltop over spring break, the sailing team competed won several major events.

The Hoyas traveled to Charleston, S.C. and Annapolis, Md. the first weekend of the holiday, sailing in the Charleston Women’s Invitational and the Graham Hall Team Race.

In the Graham Hall Team Race at the Naval Academy, Georgetown finished first out of a 16-team field that included some of the best in college sailing. The regatta was organized as a three-stage round robin: the first round included all 16 teams , the second round narrowed the field to eight, and the final round included the top four performers. The Hoyas went 13-2 in the first round, 5-2 in the second round, and 2-1 in the final round to secure the victory. Impressive team sailing, led by junior Chris Barnard and seniors Evan Aras, Sydney Bolger and Pete Johns, steered the Blue and Gray to 20 wins and five losses overall en route to the first-place honors.

The Hoyas also performed well during the women’s invitational in South Carolina. Georgetown finished third out of nine teams, recording 94 points in the A division and 119 points in the B division for a total of 213 points.

After the regattas ended, the team stayed in Charleston the next week in order to prepare for races on March 10 and 11: the St. Mary’s team race in St. Mary’s City, Md., the Navy Spring Women’s Interconference regatta in Annapolis and the John Jackson Memorial team race on the Potomac in the District.

The preparation paid off, as the Blue and Gray notched first-place finishes in St. Mary’s City and Annapolis.

At the St. Mary’s Team Race, sophomore Teddy Mark, juniors Chris Barnard, Leslie Cowen and Hilary Kenyon and seniors Pete Johns, Evan Aras, Tory Lynch and Kate Canty combined for 15 wins and six losses overall to beat ten rival top-tier sailing teams.

The women’s team was even more dominant, finishing first of 20 in the Navy Spring Women’s Interconference. Seniors Sydney Bolger and Rebecca Evans displayed both talent and experience in their 33-point victory.

At home on the Potomac, the Hoyas finished fourth out of eight teams. The team sailed well in the first round, but struggled in the second, which led to several uncharacteristic losses against lower-ranked opponents.

Despite the mediocre finish, spring break was encouraging for Georgetown and the team catapulted to No. 4 in the coed College Sailing rankings and No. 3 in the women’s rankings.

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