WASHINGTON, D.C.. – The coed sailing team finished fifth at the John Jackson Memorial Team Race hosted by Georgetown University. In a team race regatta, teams square off in a head-to-head format where three boats, sailing in concert, must finish with a total score lower than their opponents to secure a victory each race.
Saturday's racing began in a variable conditions in a small alcove off the Potomac River. Though the conditions remained questionable, the Bears were impressive in the first round of racing. Working together as a team, starting skippers Austin Lettengarver, Mack Fox and Shane Riera sailing with Anna Morin, Christina Nothacker and Brian Nelson, respectively, finished the first round or 7 races with a 4 win and 3 loss record, including a win over Boston College and a close loss to both Navy and Old Dominion University. The performance by the Bears put the team in prime position to advance to the final round of 4 teams.
However, the second round, beginning on Saturday and finishing Sunday, was a different story for the young Bears team. The Bears finished with 1 win and 6 losses in the second round of 7 races and failed to reach the final four.
Changes were made for the consolation round of 4 teams as Liam Ballantine and Andrew Widmeier were pulled into the starting lineup. The refreshed team, sailed much better against the bottom four teams at the event finishing undefeated in the final four. The Bears ended the regatta with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses, good enough for 5th place overall.
Despite a difficult middle of the regatta, the Bears were as good as any team when they were sailing at their best and learned good lessons when they were not. The finish shows signs of growth for the future.