HAMPTON, Va. – The No. 4-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team placed eighth in the Western fleet at the College Sailing National Semifinals co-hosted by Old Dominion and Hampton University over the weekend at the Hampton Yacht Club.
The Cougars scored 176 points over the course of the two-day regatta and were one of nine teams to qualify for the Gill/ICSA Coed National Championship to be held on May 28-30 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
No. 6-ranked Yale won the Western semifinal with 112 points followed by No. 1 Georgetown in second (113 points), Hobart and William Smith in third (147 points), MIT in fourth (155 points), No. 10 St. Mary’s College of Maryland in fifth (159 points), No. 7 Tufts in sixth (168 points), No. 5 Boston College in seventh (170 points) and Wisconsin in ninth (231 points).
Thirteen races were sailed in each of the two divisions. CofC made three first-place finishes in A-Division skippered by 2012 London Olympian Juan Maegli (Guatemala City, Guatemala) in races 1-2, 5-13 and senior Chris Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) in races 3-4. They placed third in the division with freshman crew Seppie McAdams (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) in races 1-12 and sophomore crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) in race 13.
In B-Division, the Cougars placed ninth behind senior All-American skippers Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.) in races 1-8 and Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.) in races 9-13. Blumenthal crewed races 1-8, while senior Cori DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) crewed races 9-13.
CofC will continue postseason play as the ICSA Spring National Championship series of regattas kicks off first with the ICSA Women’s National Championship on May 21-24 in St. Petersburg, Fla.