Pair of fifth-place finishes for Cougar sailors

Sophomores Roy Shaw and Chelsea Laing bring home an A Division victory at the North Points #4 (Lynsey Cichon/GSO)

The College of Charleston’s coed sailing team, currently ranked No. 1 in the country, and the Cougars’ 14th-ranked women’s team both picked up fifth-place finishes in strong intersectional regattas this weekend, while four newcomers helped the Cougars rack up another North Points win.

The coed team sailed in the Hobart & William Smith Fall Intersection in Geneva. N.Y. Nick Johnstone and Alicia Blumenthal guided the College to a fifth-place finish in A Division, while Sam Stokes and Brooks Clark finished seventh in B Division. The Privateers of SUNY Maritime topped hosts Hobart & William Smith, 71-74, for the title, while the Charleston finished on 114 points.

The women’s team took on the 17-team field at the Navy Women’s Fall Intersectional over three divisions in Annapolis, Md. The regatta was sailed in FJs, 420s and single-handed Lasers.

The Cougars’ best finish was in A Division, where seniors Corey Hall and Alyssa Aitken came within two points of catching Georgetown for the division win, 31-33. Grace Lucas and Corinna DeCollibus finished fifth in B Division, and Clerc Cooper was 10th in C Division.

The Cougars also picked up their second North Points win of the season by posting a two-point victory over Auburn, 19-21, at the nine-team North Points #4 in Wilmington, N.C.

Sophomores Roy Shaw and Chelsea Laing won A Division, while freshmen Melany Johnson and Morgan Buckley placed third in B Division.

The Cougars are on the road this weekend: The coed team will be

at the Navy Fall Intersectional, while the women’s team will race in the Yale Women’s Intersectional. Charleston will also sail in the final North Points of the fall, in Atlanta.

After that, the Cougars will be home for three straight weekend, hosting the SAISA Match Race Championships on Oct. 22-23, the SAISA Fall Coed Championships on Oct. 29-30 and the SAISA/MAISA Regatta on Nov. 5-6.



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