By Tim Marcin
Elm Sports Editor
Sailing felt a little heartbreak and a little thrill this past weekend. At the America Trophy, the MAISA Spring Co-Ed Dinghy Championships, the team placed ninth out of 18 teams. This is heartbreaking because the top eight teams advance to nationals, leaving Washington College just out of the qualifying zone.
Leading the way at the America Trophy was junior skipper Sam Fitzgerald and sophomore crew Blair Towers who finished tenth in the A Division. The WC B Division boat finished ninth, which left the Shoremen in ninth final position, just behind eighth-placed Fordham.
The thrill over the weekend was led by freshman skipper Eric Siegel and freshman crew Alex Crawford. At the MAISA Spring Open, they pulled off a third place finish in the A Division. Paired with no finishes outside of the top eight, this was good enough for a second place finish overall in the Spring Open. Twelfth-ranked Hobart/William Smith won the Spring Open.
Next week, the sailing team is back at it at the Admiral’s Cup, hosted by Merchant Marine.