SAILING | Sailing Dominates Season Finale to Advance in ICSA
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 01:04
The Georgetown sailing team wrapped up its regular season this weekend with three regattas: the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association women’s championship, the Admiral’s Cup and the Arrigan Memorial Regatta. The squad’s dominating performance proved once again why it is considered one of the top programs in the country.
The women’s team in particular validated its No. 1 ranking with a victory at the MAISA Women’s Championship, the most important regatta of the weekend. The Hoyas took the top spot in both the A and B divisions and earned an automatic entry into the Intercollegiate Sailing Association women’s national championship.
Senior Hoyas Sydney Bolger and Rebecca Evans led the charge with 21 points, 17 points ahead of the runner-up.
“Our goal going in was obviously to go out and win. We [are] the No.1-ranked women’s team in the country, and we have been for a while,” Head Coach Michael Callahan said. “We were very happy with our performance.”
In addition to the women’s automatic berth into the ICSA finals, both the coed and the men’s teams secured spots in the ICSA semifinals, which will be held at the Naval Academy on May 12 and May 13.
The Hoyas also hope to enter the postseason with some momentum from their other two regattas this past weekend. The Admiral’s Cup, held in Kings Point, N.Y., featured some of the top teams in the country, and the Blue and Gray finished in third place overall behind the College of Charleston and Stanford University. However, in the A division, which will be included in the ICSA national championships, Georgetown finished in first place.
“We did really well at that regatta, especially in the A division, where [junior] Chris Barnard and [junior] Hilary Kenyon won the opening 30 points,” Callahan said. “So that’s definitely a good sign there.”
The Robert P. Arrigan Memorial Regatta, named in honor of a former Georgetown student who died as a freshman in 1985, was the Blue and Gray’s final home regatta of the regular season. And Callahan was disappointed with the Hoyas’ third place finish.
“It’s our last home regatta of the year. It’s usually one where we want to go out and win and do well,” Callahan said. “At that one, we did not live up to expectations. … The Arrigan family is here, and we always want to win for them.”
With the women’s team already in the finals and the coed and the men’s teams vying for spots in their respective national championships, the sailors will have to remain focused in the final weeks of the season.
The coed team hopes to advance to the finals by finishing in the top nine at the semifinals. And while talent alone cannot win postseason regattas, Callahan is quietly confident in his team.
“It’s the most talented women’s team we’ve ever had, and on the coed side it’s probably the best chance of winning in a long time,” Callahan said. “No one ever expected us to be this good. But we knew we could be, and there’s a legitimate expectation to win. And that’s what the goal is. If we don’t win, we’ll be slightly disappointed.”