Menninger Headed to Singlehanded Nationals
St. Mary's College of Maryland's sophomore skipper Michael Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) is headed to the ICSA/Laser Performance National Men's Singlehanded Championship hosted by Cornell University on October 24-26 after Menninger's second-place finish at the Carl Van Duyne Regatta in Kings Point, N.Y. this past weekend.
Menninger needed to finish in the top four in order to advance to nationals. After the first day of competition, he was tied for third with 57 points after sailing eight races. Menninger sailed well on the final day to end the regatta with 101 points for his second-place finish.
Skippers Jesse Kirkland (Warwick, Bermuda) and Derick Vranizan (Seattle, Wash.) also competed at Carl Van Duyne as Kirkland came in eighth and Vranizan in ninth.
In other sailing action, St. Mary's took fifth at the Hap Moore Team Race hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a 9-6 mark after two days of competition. Leading the Seahawks to their top 5 finish were seniors Jeremy Wilmot, Claire Collie (Narragansett, R.I.), and Caitlin Hill (Tiverton, R.I.), juniors Ted Hale (Annapolis, Md.) and Kelly Wilbur (Ipswich, Mass.), and sophomore Ben Whitman. SMCM posted wins against Boston University, MIT, SUNY Maritime, Yale University, Tufts University, Brown University, Connecticut College, Roger Williams University and the Coast Guard Academy.
The Seahawk women notched a strong finish as well at the Navy Fall Women's Intersectional in Annapolis with a third-place finish. St. Mary's totaled 96 points, just four points out of second. Sophomore skipper Megan Magill (San Diego, Calif.) and senior crew Keisha Pearson (East Patchogue, N.Y.) were second with 25 points in the A division (5 races), while junior skipper Sara Morgan Watters (Oxford, Md.) and sophomore crew Meredith Powlison (Shelburne, Vt.) placed fourth in the B division (5 races) with 28 points which was seven points out of first. Freshman skipper Mimi Roller (St. John, V.I./Antilles) took sixth in the C division (5 races) with a score of 43.