NEISA Annual Awards 2018

MacArthur Service Award - Alden Reid '08 Boston College

NEISA Honor Roll - Erica Beck Spencer ’96 University of New Hampshire & Pearson Potts ’16 Brown University & Bryce Kopp ’16 Connecticut College

Eckerd College Sailors Raz Sayre, and Camryn Kennedy; College of Charleston Sailors Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon

Team racing and women's sailing take center stage with this week's SAISA Sailors of the Week nominations with squads from both SAISA North and South taking on team race competitors from other conferences at the Frank I. Mendelblatt Team Race regatta hosted by Eckerd College, and the Phebe Corkran King Women's regatta at the College of Charleston. In St. Petersburg, the several titans of team racing squared off in close competition. After a challenging start in Round 1, the host Tritons went on a tear in rounds 2 and 3 with wins over crosstown rivals USF, and avenged first round losses against Charleston and SAISA rivals Jacksonville. For their efforts leading the Tritons' surge to within reach of the regatta win, Raz Sayre and Camryn Kennedy earn recognition as this week's SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week. 

In women's sailing, several SAISA teams competed at the Phebe Corkran King Women's regatta at the College of Charleston where cooler temperatures and moderate breeze welcomed sailors at the mouth of the Wando River. With initial racing in the shadow of the USS Yorktown and the latter half of the day on Crab Bank, Charleston's Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon earned their first bullet of the day in race three and never looked back from there, leading the division for the remainder of the regatta. Williams and Mignon together delivered four first place finishes on the day while defeating their nearest competitor in B-division, the Stanford Cardinal, by nine points, earning this week's SAISA Women's Sailors of the Week honors. 

College of Charleston Sailors Will Martens, Keely Gregg, and USF Sailor Marina Barzaghi

Week three marks the beginning of conference points competition in SAISA with the SAISA Spring Co-ed Open hosted in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Conditions at the Open were excellent with temperatures in the high 70s, consistent, building breeze between 10-15 kts both days, and there are few places in college sailing better to spend an early February weekend than the Eckerd College beach. From the first race of the day, College of Charleston Cougars Will Martens and Keely Gregg set the pace for the day dialing in a bullet and then continuing to lead a very competitive A-fleet through the remainder of the regatta. Fending off a late surge by the host Tritons, winning their division by 10, Martens and Gregg earn SAISA Co-ed Sailors of the Week honors for week three. There were several outstanding performances at this year’s SAISA Spring Open and it stands as one of the most close and competitive SAISA Open regattas in the past few years. Thanks to each of you who submitted nominations this week.

Across town at USF, several SAISA teams were in the mix at the USF Women’s Spring Intersectional regatta, as well as teams from the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Pacific coast. Picking up where she left off in the Fall, USF skipper Marina Barzaghi found her place at the front of the combined fleet event and stayed there throughout the day consistently. Her showing with crews Darby Capelin, Shani Scwartz, and Samantha Kappaz, secured a first place A-division, helped the USF Bulls earn the regatta win, and earned Barzaghi SAISA Women’s Sailor of the Week honors.

Rollins College Sailors: Teagan Walsh, Corinne Keogh, Cooper Anderson

Although officially week 2, the first weekend of college sailing in SAISA offered a nice runway into the spring season with just a few events on the calendar. Attending their first out of conference regatta in a few years, the revitalized Tars of Rollins College delivered a strong showing on behalf of SAISA at the Harris Kempner Memorial Regatta hosted by Texas A&M Galveston. Led by a dominant performance in B-fleet by the first 2019 SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the week, skipper Teagan Walsh, and crews Corinne Keogh and Cooper Anderson, Rollins College earned a 14-point win in B-division, outpacing the Texas Longhorns, as well as other teams from SEISA including the host TAMUG. Walsh, Keogh, and Anderson marked the outstanding performance for SAISA sailors with no race finish higher than 4th, an average of 2.1 on the day and 4 bullets in route to the division and regatta win. Congratulations Teagan, Corinne, and Cooper. 

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