MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – It’s another trip to nationals for the College of Charleston coed sailing team as the Cougars defeated conference rival South Florida at the SAISA Team Race Championship regatta held on Saturday in Charleston Harbor.
The Cougars sailed three round robins in breeze of 8-10 knots and beautiful Charleston sailing conditions. All races were completed by 5 p.m.
CofC tallied a 5-1 record to win the event over USF (4-2) in second and Eckerd College (0-6) in third. The Cougars now advance to the ICSA Team Race National Championship to be held on May 31-June 2 in St. Mary’s, Md.
“We sailed great today to win the SAISA Team Race qualifiers over USF,” CofC Director of Sailing Greg Fisher said. “They are psyched and looking forward to team race nationals.”
Sending CofC to nationals was sophomore skipper Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.), junior All-American crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.), sophomore crew Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore skipper Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.), sophomore crew Emily Stuart (Newport, R.I.), senior crew Roy Shaw (Bacliff, Texas), junior skipper Nick Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and sophomore crew Seppie McAdams (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.).
Up next, the Cougars will compete at the Truxton Umstead regatta hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on April 12-13 in Annapolis, Md.