College of Charleston wins Coed National sailing title

The College of Charleston Ben Spector helped lead the Cougars to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Gill Coed National Championship title on Thursday.

Alice Keeney

The College of Charleston coed sailing team won its fourth all-time Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Gill Coed National Championship title in program history on Thursday.

The Cougars, who won the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship title a year ago in Austin, Texas, added another piece of hardware to their trophy case as the recipients of the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy, which they previously won in 1986, 2006 and 2007.

After 18 races and three days of intense sailing, the Cougars never relinquished the top spot after each day of competition at the 18-team national regatta held at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove. They turned in a three-day combined score of 215 points for a 20-point victory over rival and second-place Georgetown (235 points), third-place Dartmouth (256), fourth-place Brown (265) and fifth-place Boston College (291) to round out the top 5 schools.

“To win the Coed National Championship three times in the last eight years is impressive,” CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell said. “It was truly a group effort. We sailed really well the last three days. Ben (Spector) was able to stay consistent in B-Division and Juan (Maegli) and Cory (DeCollibus) were unbelievable in A-Division. The conditions were windy and choppy making for really long courses. But, they were able to put the boat through the water well and we had no major errors.”

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