April 28, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's sailing team won the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Conference Championship over the weekend, hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. The win earned the Hoyas a berth to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's National Championship, held May 25-29 in Newport, R.I. The Hoyas bested the field of 16 teams with 71 points followed by Navy (95), St. Mary's College (108), Old Dominion (134) and Hobart / William Smith (156) for the top five.
Over the two-day regatta, the Hoyas sailed in just about every wind direction possible as the majority of the races were held in very light and shifty conditions. The difference between the top and bottom teams was greatly magnified. Though consistency was difficult in the everchanging conditions, the Blue & Gray had it.
The race committee was very patient on Saturday morning with the light northeast and east winds going flat after two good races. After an extended break, racing commenced again in what started out as a nice southerly wind, but went to the west and eventually faded as the rains came in.
The final leg of race 7B certainly was not pretty with Georgetown and a handful of other across the finish line while part of the fleet was nearly becalmed at the weather mark. Eventually the breeze filled back in and the boats managed to cross the finish line. Following the first day of racing, Navy had a seven-point lead on the Hoyas.
Georgetown turned in an impeccable performance on Sunday, dominating the competition. In the A division, Nancy Hagood (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) and Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass./Tabor Academy) went 1 / 4 / 2 / 3 / 1 in the final five races to finish second overall. In the B division, Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) and Isabelle Luzuriaga (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) went 3 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 2 in the final five races and the won the B division by 17 points.
Following the competition, DaSilva and Hagood were both named to the MAISA First Team.
The Hoyas automatically qualified for the ICSA Sperry Women's National Championship. This is the second of three national championships of the spring season that GU has qualified for, already earning a berth to the LaserPerformance Team Race Nationals. The Hoyas will compete at the MAISA Conference Coed Championships this weekend, May 2-3, to earn a bid to the ICSA Gill Coed National Championships.