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The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

At Intersectionals, Hoyas Yield Respectable Results

The Georgetown sailing team held steady with top-10 finishes in two intersectional regattas over the weekend.

The co-ed team finished seventh overall with 621 points at the 20-team Navy Fall Intersectional in Annapolis, Md., with senior skipper Ed DuMoulin and the B team leading the way with a second-place finish in its division. Kings Point edged out St. ary’s, 494 to 495, to take first overall.

“Ed had struggled a little bit during the year, but he sailed the best regatta he’s sailed at Georgetown, beating all-Americans,” Georgetown Head Coach Mike Callahan said.

DuMoulin guided the B team to seven top-three finishes and a 119 point total in the 18-race event. Sophomore Leigh Fogwell served as crew for the first 11 races, and senior Kyle Bergeron finished out the regatta.

Callahan said that he was also impressed with the performance of A-division skipper Chris Behm, who finished in seventh place with 148 points.

“That’s a great finish for him,” Callahan said.

Taking the scores of the two doublehanded divisions, Georgetown checked in at third place.

“We were pleasantly surprised with how Chris and Ed sailed,” Callahan said.

Navy is the only regatta with two singlehanded divisions in which Georgetown competes. Without senior Andrew Campbell, who had the week off between winning his third regional singlehanded title and going to the national championship in sloop sailing next weekend, juniors J.B. Turney and Langdon Mitchell were tapped to race lasers. In the C division, Turney finished in 10th place with 181 points while Mitchell’s 173 points put him in 11th place in the D division. Though they both had rough stretches in the middle of the races, they improved at the end to help the team move from 10th to seventh overall.

“The guys were a little overmatched, but they tried hard,” Callahan said. “It was a little windy – not really their conditions.”

Though Georgetown’s co-ed team fell two places to seventh in the Oct. 19 Sailing World Coaches’ Poll, the women’s team moved up a spot to fourth.

The women’s team is coming off of a sixth-place finish out of 22 teams at the Yale Women’s Intersectional last weekend.

“The girls sailed well. It wasn’t their best performance, but even when they sailed not to their best, they still finished near the top,” Callahan said.

Yale ended up winning its home event with second-place finishes in both divisions, giving the Bulldogs a total of 84 points. St. ary’s came in second with 89 points.

Seniors Derby Anderson and Megan Melican made up the A-division team for the Hoyas, which finished in sixth with 74 points. In the B division, senior skipper Jackie Schmitz and junior crew Jessica Stewart raced together the first six times, but for Sunday’s two races, Stewart took over at skipper, and senior Katherine Wade stepped in at crew. The B division team finished in seventh with 69 points.

Only eight races were completed at the regatta because the wind was too strong for sailing on Sunday. Callahan said that the 40-50 mile per hour gusts were causing boats to break.

The Hoyas also felt the absence of sophomore Blaire Herron, who had the week off. She, along with Anderson, Schmitz and Stewart, will compete in the MAISA women’s singlehanded qualifiers next weekend in Annapolis, where 40 sailors will vie for four spots.

The MAISA freshman championship will also take place in Annapolis next weekend. Georgetown will compete at the Hanburg Regatta in Newport News, Va., as well. The Hoyas have won the event three of the last four years, and Callahan said he hopes that this year’s roster will bring the trophy back again.

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