'Tack'- y Sailors Make National Splash

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The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Seahawks finished in third place at the 2008 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship in Newport, R.I., earlier this month.

The national championships are the premier event of the year for intercollegiate sailing.
The Seahawks came away from Newport with eight of its members elected to the ICSA All-America Sailing Team and with second place in the prestigious Leonard M. Fowle Trophy standings. The trophy is awarded annually to the best overall college sailing team in the nation.

SMCM Varsity Sailing Coach Adam Werblow said he was proud of the third-place finish in the event. He added the team also proved its mettle by taking second place in the Fowle standings.

"We demonstrated all year long that we were one of the very best teams in college sailing, and finishing second in the Fowle standings proves just how close we came to owning it all," said Werblow.

The Seahawks had more All-Americans than any other school in the nation, with eight selections and one honorable mention. The Seahawks’ eight All-Americans accounted for almost one-fifth of the entire All-American team.

Adrienne Patterson, class of 2008 of Newport Beach, Calif.; and Sara Morgan, class of 2010 of Oxford, earned spots on the All-American women’s team. Megan T. Magill, class 2011 of San Diego, earned honorable mention. Jesse Kirkland class of 2010 of Warwick, Bermuda; Justin Law, class of 2008, Newport Beach, Calif.; and John Loe, class of 2008 of New Orleans; were named All-Americans on the co-ed team. Mattie Farrar, class of 2008, Blaine, Wash.; Margaret Lumkes, class of 2008, of River Forest, Ill.; and Meredith Nordhem, class of 2008 of Chicago; earned spots on the All-American crew team.

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