By Chrissy Segrest
Elm Staff Writer
With only one competition left, the Washington College sailing team has been making waves in the sport.
Coming in 10th place or better in three of their five competitions this spring, the team is one of the best in WC history.
The team is very young, with only three seniors on the 12-person roster. The team members come from up and down the East Coast, with two members coming from Florida and another coming from Maine, as well as drawing from the surrounding states of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
On Sunday, April 15, WC participated in The Grant Trophy, a competition where the top six teams secure a spot to the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, spring co-ed championship. They placed 11th out of 17 at the regatta.
Another sports team that has been turning heads at WC are the men’s and women’s rowing teams.
The men’s team and the No. 13 nationally ranked women’s team both won while competing at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 14.
The women’s team came in first place at the competition, with the first varsity eight consisting of freshman Gabrielle Francis, sophomores Olivia Robb, Breanna Lanphear, and Erika Reynolds, juniors Kelin McCloskey, Leslie Collins, junior captain Karis Marano, senior captain Jules Shipps, and senior Kerri Walsh.
The Shorewomen won the race with an 18 second lead before the next boat came in.
“Rowing is unique in that it is both a highly individualized sport but also the ultimate team sport. Each person has their own personal 2k record and goals but when it comes to competing you must rely on your teammates to win,” Marano said. “My coach always says it’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. The sport has taught me how to build up my mental strength which has helped tremendously in other aspects of my life.”
For the men, junior Lee Potter and freshman Grayson Searles were able to win the men’s varsity pair, bringing home the win for WC as a whole.
For sailing, the last competition of the year will be the Salisbury Spring Open, taking place at Salisbury on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, 25.
For the men’s and women’s rowing teams, on Saturday, April 28 they will be competing in the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championship, where the Shorewomen have taken home the first-place trophy since 2013.