CHARLESTON, S.C. – The spring season continues as the College of Charleston coed and women’s sailing teams compete in three regattas this weekend.
The Cougars will travel South to the Sunshine State for the USF Women’s Intersectional hosted by USF on Feb. 16-17 in Tampa, Fla., and the Mendelblatt Team Race hosted by USF/Eckerd College on Feb. 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Last year, CofC placed third out of seven schools at the Mendelblatt regatta. The defending ICSA Team Race national champions will sail two FJ crews in senior All-American Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior All-American Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and senior Chris Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) as well as the team of senior Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) and senior Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.).
In the women’s event at USF, the Cougars will be represented by junior Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.), freshman Michaela Reynolds (Providence, R.I.) and senior Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) in A-Division and sophomore Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) and junior Elizabeth Chambers (Mooresville, N.C.) in B-Division.
“The team had a good showing last weekend at the SAISA Open,” CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. “They were a close second out of 20 teams, falling just short to a veteran Florida Gators team. We are excited for the weekend ahead. The women’s event should be great and we are looking forward to matching up with Stanford and some of the top SAISA schools at the team race event at home.”
CofC will play host to the Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional on Feb. 16-17 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Cougars have two crews competing in the 18-team field regatta against the likes of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Clemson, Christopher Newport, Eckerd College, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, George Washington, the U.S. Naval Academy, Old Dominion, Providence, Salve Regina, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, South Florida, Wesleyan and Wisconsin.
For fans interested in supporting the Cougars and attending this weekend’s home regatta, the best place to spectate is the outside wall of the marina at the Walker Sailing Complex. Racing begins at approximately 10 a.m. (ET) and will take place right on the Cooper River by the marina in Charleston Harbor.