CHARLESTON, S.C. - The second-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team will have a busy weekend ahead as it sails in four regattas up-and-down the East Coast including the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on March 3-4 in Annapolis, Md., the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College on March 3-4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the North Points #2 regatta hosted by Clemson on March 3 in Clemson, S.C., and the home-hosted Charleston Women's Intersectional on March 3-4 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
The Cougars will look to defend their title at the Graham Hall Team Race with a strong fleet of three boats comprised of senior Zeke Horowitz (Sarasota, Fla.), junior Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.), junior All-American Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior All-American Perry Emsiek (Corona del Mar, Calif.) and senior Sam Stokes (Norfolk, Va.), and junior Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.), senior Alyssa Aitken (Sandwich, Mass.) and junior Jeff Aschieris (Newport Beach, Calif.).
"We are looking forward to competing as the defending champs at the Graham Hall Team Race this weekend," CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. "With 16 of the top teams in the country attending the event, including the defending team race national champions, Roger Williams, we are gearing up for this early-season challenge."
CofC is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in the Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings released on Friday behind No. 1 Yale, No. 2 Roger Williams, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Hobart and William Smith. As the 2012 ICSA Team Racing season begins, the Cougars "will be a contender, making the Final Four at nationals the last three years."
Meanwhile, the fifth-ranked Cougar women will sail two boats at the Charleston Women's Intersectional regatta which will include nine teams total from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Georgetown, Hobart and William Smith, the U.S. Naval Academy, South Florida and Yale.
Senior skipper Corey Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and junior crew Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) will sail in A-Division along with freshman skipper Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) and sophomore crew Elizabeth Chambers (Mooresville, N.C.). In B-Division, the Cougars will be represented by sophomore skipper Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) and junior crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) as well as freshman skipper Melany Johnson (Berwyn, Pa.) and freshman crew Morgan Buckley (Yonkers, N.Y.).
At the Eckerd Intersectional, CofC will race junior skipper Cameron Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) in A-Division and freshman skipper Chris Sands (Nassau, Bahamas) and freshman crew Tierney Driscoll (Bayport, N.Y.) in B-Division.
In North Points competition, the Cougars will sail freshman skipper Iván Aponte-Taboas (Humacao, Puerto Rico) and freshman crew Connor Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) in A-Division and sophomore skipper Amy Kubie (Norwalk, Conn.) and junior crew Mary Massalon (Charleston, S.C.).
For fans interested in supporting the Cougars and attending this weekend's women's intersectional regatta, the best place to spectate is the outside wall of the marina at the Walker Sailing Center. Racing will take place right on the Cooper River by the marina in Charleston Harbor beginning at 10 a.m. (ET).