ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The No. 5-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team won the SAISA Spring Coed Dinghy Championship title to advance to the ICSA National Semifinals to be held later in the month in Hampton, Va.
Although the Cougars were a mere two points shy of host South Florida (20 points) for first-place honors in A-Division, they won by a considerable 22-point margin in B-Division (19 points) over co-host Eckerd College (41 points) to move on to the national semifinals hosted by Hampton University on April 27-28.
All 12 races were completed on Saturday. Senior Chris Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) skippered A-Division to five first-place finishes along with sophomore crew Morgan Buckley (Yonkers, N.Y.) and senior crew Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.), while freshman Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) skippered B-Division to eight first-place finishes with freshman crew Emily Stuart (Riverside, R.I.).
The 12-team conference championship regatta also included crews from Clemson, Embry-Riddle, Florida, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Rollins College and UNC Wilmington.
“We sailed the earlier portion of the day in a northeasterly wind,” CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. “The team raced well and we look forward to competing in a couple of weeks up at Hampton.”
Up next, the Cougars prepare for two weekend regattas at the SAISA Team Race Championships hosted by Eckerd College on April 13-14 in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Emily Wick Women’s Intersectional hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on April 13-14 in New London, Conn.