MIAMI, Fla. - The fourth-ranked College of Charleston sailing team placed second at the SAISA Spring Coed Championships hosted by the University of Miami (Fla.) over the weekend on Biscayne Bay.
As one of the top two finishers at the event, the Cougars have now qualified for the ICSA Coed National Championship to be held on June 6-8 in Lake Travis, Texas. They were 10 points short of first-place honors at the in-district regatta (36 points) which was won by host Miami with 26 points.
CofC and Miami were one of 12 SAISA schools competing amid winds of Northeast 14-17 knots with rapidly oscillating shifts of 15 degrees making for some classic college sailing. Six races were sailed with no breakdowns or protests.
Junior All-American skipper Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.) led A-Division to a first-place, head-to-head tiebreaker finish over South Florida with senior All-American crew Perry Emsiek (Corona del Mar, Calif.) in races 3-4 and senior crew Sam Stokes (Norfolk, Va.) in races 1-2 and 5-6.
In B-Division, the Cougars finished third behind Miami and Eckerd College with senior All-American skipper Zeke Horowitz (Sarasota, Fla.) and junior crew Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) in races 3-4 and junior crew Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.) in races 1-2 and 5-6.
Up next, CofC will host the SAISA Team Race Championships on April 14-15 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., while the Cougar women travel to the Emily Wick Women's Invitational hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on April 14-15 in New London, Conn.