Sailing Team Cruises to Success in Milwaukee
by James Maguire on Friday, June 7th, 2013
On Memorial Day weekend, the sailing team had a strong finish to an eventful season, earning second place at the National Invitational Regatta in Milwaukee, WI.
Eight sailors left campus early Friday morning to fly to Milwaukee to compete in this National Tournament. The next morning, sailors went down to the Milwaukee Yacht Club to race eight teams from around the nation. The first day was a qualification round for the championships, beginning with one round robin in which every team raced each other team. Milton sailors worked great together, finishing the day with a record of six wins and one loss, making them the top seed for the championship round. Tampa Jesuit, Mercy McQuaid, and Minnetonka were the other teams in the championship.
On Sunday, the final day of the event, Milton went back to the yacht club to race in the championships. This event consisted of two round robins, each team in the championships racing every other team twice. Milton got off to a rocky start, losing their first two races to Tampa Jesuit and Mercy McQuaid. The team seemed like they were back on track when they defeated Minnetonka, but sailors were quickly demoralized again when they lost to Tampa Jesuit again. At this point, it looked as if Tampa Jesuit was going to win, but Milton did not lose hope. In a pinnacle moment in the second to last race, skippers Nick DiGiovani (III) and Alex King (I) made a strategic play to put Charlie Blasberg (II) in second place, allowing the team to win the race. The team had an incredible end to the day when the three Milton boats finished in first, second, and third. Unfortunately, these last two wins were not enough to hold onto first place. Tampa Jesuit went undefeated in the championships, putting them just one race ahead of Milton. Regardless, Milton sailors were happy to come home with a podium finish as an end to their amazing season.
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