Cougars sailing earns weekend sweep

The College of Charleston sailing team wrapped up the weekend with a sweep of the SAISA Team Race and SAISA Coed Championship titles in Jacksonville, Fla.

Sailing the Cougars to victory were Jake Reynolds, Ryan Davidson, Dodge Rees, Emmy Stuart, Beka Schiff, Grace McCarthy and Chloe Dapp, who dominated the two days of racing.

They finished the fleet racing event with an impressive 33-point lead over second-place South Florida. Other teams in the championship field included: Clemson, Duke, Eckerd, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, N.C. State, Florida, Miami and South Carolina.

Both wins qualify the team for both of the ICSA Team Race National Championship on May 28-30 and ICSA Coed Semifinals on May 31-June 1 hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club.

South Carolina senior Tiffany Mitchell is among 12 prospects invited to attend the WNBA Draft on Thursday in Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2 will televise the first round beginning at 7 p.m., and ESPNU will air the second and third rounds starting at 8 p.m.

Mitchell was a three-time All-American for the Gamecocks, finishing fifth in program history with 1,885 points.

Charleston Battery defender Taylor Mueller was voted USL player of the week after recording the game-winning goal in the Battery’s 2-1 victory against Southern Derby Cup rival Wilmington Hammerheads FC. Mueller also recorded an assist on the Battery’s opening goal as Charleston remained undefeated this season.

Austin James finished at 10-under par to spark Charleston Southern to a fourth-place finish at the Wofford Coca-Cola Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Spartanburg Country Club. James finished in a tie for second with Wofford’s Andrew Novak, a former Academic Magnet standout, behind Gardner-Webb’s Vincent Blanchette.

Gardner-Webb was 5 under as team in the final round to finish at 17 under, five shots ahead of Wofford (-12). Army (-9) took third, while the Bucs (-5) tied with USC Upstate for fourth.

Charleston Southern stayed in third place, trailing leader Campbell by 14 strokes through two rounds of the Big South women’s golf championship in Georgetown. CSU (+27) shot a team 301 in the second round. Campbell (+13) is two shots ahead of Coastal Carolina (+15).

Four Buccaneers are in the top 15 heading into the final round. Bella Johnson shot a 1-over 73 for CSU’s low round of the day. She is tied for fifth at 4 over for the tournament, five off the pace set by Campbell’s Nadine White (-1).

College of Charleston’s Zack Lewis was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s men’s tennis player of the week after crucial wins for the Cougars against Elon and Davidson. He also won both doubles matches.