CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston sailing team will host the 2012 SAISA Team Race Championships on April 14-15 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., while the Cougar women travel to the Emily Wick Women's Invitational hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on April 14-15 in New London, Conn.
The Cougars are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in the latest Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings released on April 12. They trail only No. 1 Yale and No. 2 Hobart and William Smith and are tabbed "a likely finalist at nationals" by the voting panelists after finishing third at the Southern New England Team Race on April 1 in New London, Conn.
CofC will be among five in-district teams competing in the event along with Eckerd College, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and USF.
The Cougars will sail three boats comprised of senior All-American skipper Zeke Horowitz (Sarasota, Fla.), junior crew Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior crew Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.); junior All-American skipper Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior All-American crew Perry Emsiek (Corona del Mar, Calif.) and senior crew Sam Stokes (Norfolk, Va.); and junior skipper Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.), senior All-American crew Alyssa Aitken (Sandwich, Mass.) and junior crew Jeff Aschieris (Newport Beach, Calif.).
Meanwhile, the No. 7-ranked CofC women will compete against the best of the best at the Emily Wick interconference regatta versus Old Dominion, No. 12 Navy, No. 3 Yale, Roger Williams, No. 13 Tufts, No. 10 Boston College, No. 4 Brown, No. 2 Dartmouth, MIT, No. 5 Connecticut College, No. 11 Bowdoin College, No. 14 Vermont, host Coast Guard, Boston University, No. 8 Stanford and USF.
CofC will sail senior Corey Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.), junior Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and sophomore Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in A-Division and sophomore Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) and junior Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) in B-Division.
For fans interested in supporting the Cougars and attending this weekend's home team race 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).