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Sailing Punches Ticket to National Match Race Championships

posted on 10/22/2012

EC Sailing Oct 20 Sloops
By Ben Schlesselman

Originally posted on the EC Tritons website

Navigating on the open waters in South Carolina for the third time this fall, the Eckerd College Coed Sailing program made a splash at the SAISA Match Racing Championships on Saturday, punching its ticket to the national event in mid-November.

For the first time since 2005, the Tritons will be headed to the National Match Race Championships, scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at the Chicago Match Race Center. Only 10 programs from around the country will be in attendance at the National Match Race Championships.

On Saturday, Eckerd sailed on bigger boats called 'sloops', a 22-foot, four-man craft more commonly referred as J-22's.

"We're very excited to be heading to nationals (in one of the three fall championships)," EC Head Coach Kevin Reali said. "A limited number of teams from each district qualify and we were able to beat a national powerhouse to earn a trip to Chicago. I'm very proud of the team."

The Tritons defeated host College of Charleston along with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference schools, Clemson University and Georgia Tech University. In head-to-head racing competition, the Tritons were handed only two losses on Saturday for a 6-2 record at the regatta.

Assistant coach Zack Marks traveled with the qualifying squad that included juniors Bob Savoie '14 and Wes Byrne '14, and freshmen Jessica Resnick '16 and Tim Siemers '16. The Tritons also competed at the Stu Nelson this weekend, a women's event held in Cambridge, Mass.

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