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Cougars Head Into Weekend Competition With No. 3 Ranking

          Release: 09/16/2016
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston coed sailing team heads into this weekend’s competition as the No. 3-ranked team in the country in the latest Sailing World College Rankings.

The Cougars will travel to the Northeast for both the Nevins Trophy and Hatch Brown Trophy regattas on Sept. 17-18 in Kings Point, N.Y., and Cambridge, Mass., respectively.

Coming off his first Olympic Games appearance in Rio this summer, junior Stefano Peschiera (Lima, Peru) will skipper A-Division with junior crew Grace McCarthy (San Diego, Calif.) at the Hatch Brown event against top teams from Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Harvard, Hobart & William Smith, host MIT, Northeastern, Roger Williams, Salve Regina, Tufts, U.S. Naval Academy, Michigan, Rhode Island, Vermont and Yale.

“Our boat speed is coming together well right now,” said CofC Head Coach Ward Cromwell, who will travel with the Hatch Brown Trophy squad. “We need to focus on starting well, course awareness, and being consistent throughout the entire event.”

Junior skipper Christophe Killian (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior crew Clare Dahl (Newport Beach, Calif.) will sail in B-Division and sophomore skipper Robert Porter (Fontana, Wis.) and sophomore crew Hannah Baylis in C-Division. The Cougars finished runner-up to Yale for the trophy in the 2014 edition of the event.

Over at the Nevins Trophy, CofC will represented in A-Division by senior skipper Jack Cusick (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior crew Chloe Dapp (Newport Beach, Calif.).

Junior Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.), who also competed in her first Olympic Games this summer for the U.S. Sailing Team in the 49er FX event, will skipper B-Division with sophomore crew Annabel Carrington (White Stone, Va.). Sophomore Gerald Williams (Sai Kung, Hong Kong, China) will race in the lasers in C-Division.

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