ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 5-ranked College of Charleston women's sailing team placed eighth overall at the Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championships, while the Cougars narrowly missed a spot in the Top 8 at the Annapolis Performance Sailing (APS) Team Race National Championships.
The C of C women finished with a combined 305 points through the 17-race, two-division series, beating out 10 other top-ranked teams on the national stage. Junior Clerc Cooper skippered A-Division with freshman crew Chloe Dapp and senior crew Elizabeth Chambers, while senior Grace Lucas skippered B-Division with junior crew Morgan Buckley and sophomore crew Charlotte Saxe.
Meanwhile, Charleston was represented in the team race event by sophomore skipper Jake Reynolds, junior All-American crew Ali Blumenthal, sophomore crew Beka Schiff, sophomore skipper Ryan Davidson, sophomore crew Emily Stuart, junior crew Chase Shaw, junior skipper Nick Johnstone and sophomore crew Seppie McAdams.
The Cougars compiled a 9-6 team race record. They will next defend their title at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, which runs Tuesday through Friday. Charleston is one of 36 qualifiers and was last year's recipient of the Henry A. Morss Trophy.
Bishop England seniors Lukas Zalesky and Noah Stiepel combined to win all three of their points and lead the South team to an 8-1 victory over the North team at the South Carolina North/South Tennis All-Star Classic at the Kroc Center in Greenville over the weekend.
Zalesky played No. 1 singles in the All-Star event and defeated The Citadel-bound Barrett Hardy of Dorman, 6-4, 6-3, in the main event.
Stiepel played No. 2 for the South team and defeated Boiling Springs' Dalton Hendrix, 6-1, 6-4.
The duo also teamed up at No. 1 doubles and defeated Hardy/Hendrix, 8-3, to get the South off to a great start.
The Bishop England teammates also recently finished second and third in the South Carolina individual state singles championships.
Zalesky will attend the College of Charleston and Stiepel will attend USC.