CHARLESTON, SC Feb. 18, 2013 – It was a 1-2 finish for the No. 3-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team as it captured the home-hosted Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional regatta held off of Crab Bank on Charleston Harbor over the weekend in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
The Cougars’ top squad among the two entered in the 18-team field placed second in each division to claim top honors amid unusual sub-tropical, colder temperatures on the Cooper River. Freshman Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) skippered A-Division to a 28-point, second-place finish with freshman crew Emily Stuart (Riverside, R.I.) in races 1-4 and freshman crew Kyle Sutter (San Diego, Calif.) in races 5-8.
In B-Division, freshman Jack Jorgensen (La Canada, Calif.) skippered the Cougars to a 30-point, second-place finish with sophomore crew Tierney Driscoll (Bayport, N.Y.) in races 1-3 and senior crew Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.) in races 4-8.
CofC’s top crew (58 points) won the event by a 29-point margin of victory over its nearest opponent, No. 12-ranked Navy, who placed third with 87 points. The Cougars’ second-place crew totaled 70 points with a first-place finish in A-Division by one point down the stretch.
In team race competition, CofC began its defense of its ICSA Team Race National Championship at the five-team, Mendelblatt Team Race event hosted by USF/Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. CofC compiled a 14-6 record over five rounds for a second-place showing behind a 17-3 record by Stanford for the title. USF went 10-10 for third, Eckerd College 9-11 for fourth and Tulane 0-20 for fifth.
CofC sailed two crews comprised of 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 senior Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.), sophomore Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) and senior Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.).
Meanwhile, the No. 8-ranked CofC women were greeted by cold temperatures and a wind chill factor of 40 degrees in the eight-team combined “A” and “B” divisions USF Women’s Intersectional regatta hosted by South Florida on the south end of Tampa Bay – the same site of the 2013 spring college national championships.
Junior Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) skippered A-Division to a fourth-place finish with freshman crew Michaela Reynolds (Providence, R.I.) in races 1-2 and senior crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) in races 3-16, while sophomore Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) skippered B-Division to a fifth-place finish with junior crew Elizabeth Chambers (Mooresville, N.C.). No. 15-ranked Stanford won the event with a 12-point victory over second-place and host USF.
CofC will get back into action this weekend at the Bob Bavier Team Race regatta hosted by the Cougars on Feb. 23-24 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.