Cougars Close Out Season With Top 10 Finish at ICSA Coed Nationals
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The College of Charleston coed sailing team finished a respectable 10th overall at the 2016 ICSA Gill Coed National Championship hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club on North San Diego Bay.
The Cougars scored a combined 348 points across the two-division championship event behind first-place Georgetown (257 points), runner-up U.S. Coast Guard Academy (262 points), third-place Yale (266 points), fourth-place Boston College (275 points), fifth-place Old Dominion (283 points), sixth-place Stanford (289 points), seventh-place U.S. Naval Academy (335 points), eighth-place Boston University (335 points) and ninth-place South Florida (338 points).
In A-Division graduating senior skipper Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.) and sophomore crew Grace McCarthy (San Diego, Calif.) finished 10th in a head-to-head tiebreaker with Hobart and William Smith Colleges with 172 points. In B-Division, graduating senior All-American skipper Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and junior crew Chloe Dapp (Newport Beach, Calif.) placed ninth with 176 points.
In addition, graduating senior Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.) was the recipient of the Robert H. Hobbs Trophy, which is given to the College Sportsman of the Year. She becomes only the second sailor (male or female) in program history to win the award next to John Bowden in 2004.
The Hobbs Trophy is awarded annually to the sailor that best exemplifies the Corinthian ideals of sailing. This sailor has made contributions to college sailing through his/her efforts, by competing, promotion of the sport, fostering sportsmanship among teams, maintaining quality of competition, and contributing to the overall performance of college sailing.
“We are very proud of the team’s successes this year,” CofC Assistant Coach Mitch Hall said. “Our Top 10 finish at nationals is attributed to the work ethic and leadership demonstrated by the entire team. We are particularly proud of our co-captain, Beka Schiff, for receiving the Hobbs Sportsmanship Award. We look forward to another great season in the fall.”