CHARLESTON, SC September 22, 2013 – The College of Charleston coed sailing team placed third at the 64th Nevins Trophy intersectional regatta hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy over the weekend in Kings Point, N.Y.
CofC, currently ranked No. 8 in the country, battled tough racing conditions on Saturday and Sunday and was one-point shy of second-place and No. 10-ranked Harvard (209) with 210 points. No. 2 Stanford won the 20-team regatta with 169 points across all three divisions of competition.
Sophomore Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) skippered A-Division to a fifth-place finish with sophomore crew Emily Stuart (Riverside, R.I.) in races 1-4, 6, 8-10 and sophomore crew Kyle Sutter (San Diego, Calif.) in races 5 and 7. Meanwhile, junior Chris Sands (Nassau, Bahamas) placed 11th in the laser C-Division.
The Cougars (38 points) dominated in B-Division with a 17-point margin of victory over Brown (55 points) for first-place honors behind sophomore skipper Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior crew Morgan Buckley (Yonkers, N.Y.) in races 1-2 and senior crew Roy Shaw (Bacliff, Texas) in races 3-10. The trio won four of the 10 races in the event with one runner-up finish in Race No. 4.
It was a seventh-place finish for CofC (425 points) at the Hatch Brown regatta won by No. 3-ranked Boston College with 320 points. Sailors were greeted with a 10-18 knot shifty southern breeze on Saturday and a light West by Northwest breeze on Sunday on the Charles River in Boston, Mass.
Junior skipper Nick Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and junior All-American crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) finished ninth with a head-to-head tiebreaker in A-Division, while sophomore skipper Jack Jorgensen (La Canada, Calif.) and sophomore crew Seppie McAdams (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) placed eighth with a head-to-head tiebreaker in B-Division.
In C-Division, sophomore skipper Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.) and junior crew Tierney Driscoll (Bayport, N.Y.) made seven top 5 finishes in 17 races to place fourth.
Over at the North Points #2 regatta held at the Concord Yacht Club on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., CofC and the rest of the 10-team field encountered heavy rain that caused the event to be shortened to three races in A and B fleet.
The Cougars placed second overall (21 points), one-point shy of NC State, who won the event with 20 points.
Freshman skipper Noah Blacker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman Kayla Adelman (Falmouth, Maine) finished second in A-Division with eight points behind Georgia Tech (seven points), while freshman skipper Ellinor Walters (Charleston, S.C.) and freshman crew Cassidy Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) placed fourth in B-Division with 13 points.
CofC will return to action this weekend at the St. Mary’s Coed regatta hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Sept. 28-29 in St. Mary’s City, Md., the SAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship hosted by Miami on Sept. 28-29 in Miami, Fla., and the home-hosted North Points #3 regatta on Sept. 28 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.