CHARLESTON, S.C. - The top-ranked College of Charleston coed and seventh-ranked women's sailing teams get back into action this weekend at the two-day Truxton Umsted regatta hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on March 16-17 in Annapolis, Md., and the St. Mary's Women's Intersectional regatta hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland on March 16-17 in St. Mary's City, Md.
The Cougars look to improve on last year's ninth-place finish at the four-division Truxton Umsted and 12th-place finish at the two-division St. Mary's Women's fleet racing events. They will face top teams in No. 3 Yale, No. 6 Brown and No. 8 St. Mary's in the coed regatta at Navy.
"I have confidence in our team that we will see some good racing this weekend," CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. "If everyone can remain consistent, we will be competitive at each event."
CofC will sail senior All-American skipper Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.) along with sophomore crew Morgan Buckley (Yonkers, N.Y.) and freshman crew Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) in A-Division, while senior Chris Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) skippers B-Division with the crew of sophomore Tierney Driscoll (Bayport, N.Y.) and senior Jeff Aschieris (Newport Beach, Calif.).
Junior Enrique Arathoon (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who is a 2016 Olympic Games hopeful next to his fellow countryman and teammate Juan Maegli, will make his CofC collegiate debut in C-Division of the Truxtun Umstead, while junior Roy Shaw (Bacliff, Texas) races in D-Division.
Over at the St. Mary's Women's regatta, sophomore skipper Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) and junior crew Elizabeth Chambers (Mooresville, N.C.) will compete in A-Division, while sophomore skipper Kayla Gibson (Houston, Texas) is joined by senior crew Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and freshman crew Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.) in B-Division.
CofC No. 2 in ICSA Team Race National Rankings...In the latest Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings released on March 14, CofC stands in second place behind No. 1-ranked Stanford after a strong first-place performance at the Graham Hall Team Race on March 3, but struggling at the St. Mary's Team Race (6th) on March 10. As the defending ICSA Team Race national champions, the Cougars will look to bounce back at the Szambecki Team Race event on March 23-24 in Norfolk, Va.