The Georgetown sailing team found success in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, on April 6. The team placed first overall out of eight in the conference championship, the Prosser Trophy Regatta, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Following a difficult stretch leading into the conference championship, as well as two additional smaller regattas, the Hoyas needed strong performances from the entire roster, including senior Andy Reiter who had his first career start. “We need all three of our boats that are sailing to do really well,” Head Coach Michael Callahan said in an interview with GUHoyas before the regatta. “I think the key for us will be a senior named Andy Reiter. The other two skippers and all the other crews have sailed in this discipline since they were freshmen.”
With a great deal of pressure on his shoulders, Reiter put forward a strong performance, helping secure the conference championship for Georgetown.
Entering the final race against Hobart, Georgetown was tied for the lead with the squad from the Naval Academy. Despite the Herons’ strong efforts, the Blue and Gray was able to fight hard all the way to the finish line, winning the race and ultimately earning the championship title. The Hoyas finished the regatta 12-2, with Navy close on their heels at 11-3.
The following weekend, the Blue and Gray competed in two more regattas as it approached the end of its season.
The team sailed in the Navy Spring Regatta, where they had a strong showing. The Hoyas squad took the lead early in the regatta and maintained it for nearly the entirety of the event. On the final race, however, Georgetown fell to a resurgent Navy team, and they had to settle for second.
Meanwhile, the women’s team sailed in The George Washington Women’s Invitational, where each boat competed individually. Despite a slow start, juniors Gwynie Dunlevy and Celine Bennett won the final four races to secure a first-place finish, while another Georgetown boat took third place.
Looking forward, the Hoyas have two regattas this upcoming weekend as they travel to the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Spring Women’s Championship and the Admiral Cup in New York.
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