by Charlie Blasberg on Friday, May 4th, 2012
Last week, the New England Sailing rankings came out, placing Milton Academy at 9th place. Coach Judy Krimski states, “I’m excited about our progress, but we have to remember that there is still half a season left. There are three teams ranked above us that we haven’t raced yet. We have good momentum going right now.” The Mustangs started the season 3-0, blowing out BC High, Sharon, and Fairfield Prep in a four-way meet. However, the team had to toughen up in the next weeks because they had to take on defending national champions Tabor Academy and New England powerhouses, St. George’s, Portsmouth Abbey, Duxbury, and Moses Brown. Each of these meets was in the opposition’s waters, and the home advantage seemed to have paid off for Milton’s opponents. The shifty wind conditions of Tabor and Duxbury caught the Mustangs off guard, while the wind they encountered in Newport against St. George’s and Portsmouth Abbey overpowered the light team. Coach Judy Krimski remarks on the loss against St. George’s that, “Results don’t show the tremendous amount of effort that went into that meet.”
The season’s success can be largely attributed to the hard work of two stud freshmen Nick DiGiovanni (IV) and Russell Clarida (IV). They sail very fast boats and mix quick thinking with impeccable boat handling. Both come from impressive sailing backgrounds, competing internationally on USA’s Optimist team.
Russell sails aggressively, and opponents know that when he is on the racecourse, nothing comes easily. DiGiovanni has found a balance of power and finesse in his sailing, and at times can single-handedly dictate the tempo of a race. With these two skippers sailing at the top of their games, the Milton Academy sailing team is unstoppable.
The Mustangs control their own destiny now. With a couple strong wins, they will qualify for the New England Championships. They have the talent, they have done the preparation, and they have positive mindsets, so there is no reason why they won’t be able to put it all together in the postseason and do some damage.
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