ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The coed sailing team finished eleventh at the Coed Showcase Finals for the Fiske-Harriman-Sleigh Trophy hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. After having qualified out of the semi-finals two weeks prior, the seventeenth ranked Bears sailed to a strong finish and showed they could compete against the Nation's best.
The inaugural Showcase Finals, which replaced the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship that took place at the end of the fall season in years past, featured eighteen teams from across the country, all of which were ranked in the Sailing World College Rankings Top 20.
On the first day of competition, ten races were completed per division in a southwest wind that ranged from 5-8 knots. The Bears got off to a rough start in the opening races of the regatta, finding it difficult to put together a consistent string of races. In the first ten races, Coast Guard put up six double digit finishes, which put them deep on the leaderboard.
During the second half of the day, the Bears found their stride, with only one finish outside of the top-10. They ended the day in twelfth overall but among a very tight points race. They would have a lot of room to either move up or down on the final day of racing.
Sunday brought extreme conditions, with wind averaging in the high teens and puffs in the low twenties, making for one of the most exciting days of the season. The Bears excelled in the change in conditions early in the day, putting up several top-5 finishes. They moved up as high as seventh overall before finishing the day with a few tough races. Despite a strong surge in the middle of the regatta, Coast Guard finished eleventh overall.
Christina Nothacker, Brian Nelson, Philip Whittlesey and Mack Fox finished 8th in A-Division with 154 points. In B-Division, Gage Schoenherr and Andrew Widmeier, along with Whittlesey and Nelson who were pulling double duty, finished twelfth with 186 points. The team combined for 340 points.
Yale University won the Coed Showcase Finals with 246 points. Bowdoin College was second with 275 and Georgetown University was third with 286.