NORFOLK, V.A. (June 2, 2018) – At an awards ceremony following racing for the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award sponsored by US Sailing and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team were presented. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year. The trophy is named in memory of a distinguished journalist who spent more than 30 years, as a yachting writer and editor. This year there were two finalists for the prestigious award: Stephano Peschiera (Lima, Peru), College of Charleston ’18 and Greiner Hobbs (Tampa, Fla.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ’18.
Although each of the sailors had an incredible year of competition, the winner, calculated by the numbers, is Stephano Peschiera.
Peschiera had an incredible year of racing including winning the LaserPerformance Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, placed second overall at this Gill Coed Championship and won intersectional and other top events throughout the season among other great finishes and having previously been named an All-American.
“Stefano had a great year at ICSA Championships,” says Ian Burman, chair of the Awards Committee. “All in all, it was just enough to earn the award over Greiner Hobbs, who had the strongest year in coed fleet racing.”
“When I arrived at Charleston, my main goal was to qualify Peru for the Olympic games,” says Peschiera, “But then I found out all of the incredible opportunities that college sailing has to offer. I learned to sail a double handed boat and managed to work really hard with my crew in order to get better each day. Now I look back at the incredible sailors I have had the pleasure of sailing with and against and I am very thankful for it.”
“To get this award means the world to me and it took me working really hard through college to earn it,” he says. “I think placing well at college nationals is a very hard thing to do because of the competitiveness of the fleet and also the pressure,” says Peschiera.
“I think the team did great this year in every national championship, not placing worst than third in any of the six national championships,” he says, “And I am sure the team will keep up the level and will keep killing it in the years to come.”
“I want to thank my closest teammates Augie Dale, Katie Loundsbury, Carter Cameron, and of course my college crew of the year Grace McCarthy. I also want to thank my coaches and family for the support they gave me through out this journey,” says Peschiera.
The winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for best overall collegiate team is College of Charleston with 99.20 points. Boston College was in second and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in third. The team with the most Fowle points, which are compiled results of the ICSA Women’s Singlehanded, Men’s Singlehanded, Match Racing, Coed Semifinals, Women’s, Team Racing, and Coed National Championships, determines the Fowle trophy.
The Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award is awarded annually to the Sportsman of the Year. The trophy honors Robert Hobbs (MIT '64), past Executive Vice President of ICSA, past President of U.S. Sailing (1992-1994), and former chair of the U.S. Sailing Olympic Committee.
This year’s finalists were Sterling Henken (Coronado, Calif.), University of California Santa Barbara ‘18, Malcolm Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.), Yale University ‘18 and Charles Lomax (Annapolis, Md.), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point ‘18. This year’s winner is Charles Lomax.
“Charlie really stood out as someone who sailed at the highest level all four years, always gave his all and was a pleasure to sail against,” says Burman. “One of the nicest and most gracious sailors on the water every weekend.”
Lomax also recently won the Mid-Atlantic conference Sportsman of the Year award and is known by his competitors as the ‘nicest guy’ on the water.
“Charlie is the ideal college sailor, someone who is always fun to see at regattas, always has a great attitude even when faced with adversity, and is always willing to help out a fellow sailor if they need it,” says one of Lomax’s nominators.
In Lomax’s address to his fellow competitors he expressed his gratitude to the people who have supported him.
“Thanks to my parents who gave me the foundation to be the person I want to be – without whom I would not be standing here,” says Lomax. “I also want to thank the entire Kings Point Waterfront staff and I hope they know how impactful they are.”
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) also announced the 2017-18 All-American Crews, Coed Skippers and Honorable Mentions (the Women’s All-Americans were announced at the Sperry College Sailing Women’s Nationals awards ceremony). The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame displayed at the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
A committee of representatives from the seven conferences in the ICSA selects the ICSA All-America Team. This year’s committee is: Ian Burman (chair), MAISA; William Martin, MAISA; Geoff Pedrick, MCSA; David Thompson, NEISA; Michael Kalin, NEISA; John Vandemoer, PCCSC; Ward Cromwell, SAISA; Charles Higgins, SEISA; Scott Wilson, NWICSA.
To select an All-American skipper, the committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in inter-conference competition as well as conference and national championships. The committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, and results achieved competing with different crews, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in past years.
For All-American crew selections, the committee uses criteria similar to skipper selection, but also considers: demonstrated leadership (may consider seniority), outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails.
The committee selects up to 18 Coed All-American skippers and additional Honorable Mentions, together totaling no more than 25 and up to 20 All-American Crews and additional Honorable Mentions together totaling not more than 30 honorees. The committee is not obligated to select the maximum number of honorees.
Here are the names of the All-American Coed Skippers, Crews and Honorable Mentions.
ICSA Honorable Mention Coed All-American Skippers:
Kai Friesecke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), George Washington University ‘18
Jeremy Herrin (Bohannon, Va.), Old Dominion University ‘18
Peter Hogan (Charleston, S.C.), U.S. Naval Academy ‘18
Will Logue (Cos Cobb, Conn.), Georgetown University ‘20
Charles Lomax (Annapolis, Md.), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point ‘18
Trevor Long (Hockessin, Del.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘19
Gary Prieto (Southold, N.Y.), U.S. Naval Academy ‘18
Nick Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.), Harvard University ‘18
ICSA Coed All-American Skippers:
Martim Anderson (Lisbon, Portugal), Roger Williams University ‘18
Nicholas Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Yale University ‘19
Mackenzie Bryan (Christiansted, USVI), Roger Williams University ‘18
Augie Dale (Pewaukee, Wis.), College of Charleston ‘19
Hector Guzman (Huixquilucan, Mexico), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘20
Greiner Hobbs (Tampa, Fla.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘18
Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘18
Will La Dow (San Diego, Calif.), Stanford University ‘18
Stephano Peschiera (Lima, Peru), College of Charleston ‘18
Romain Screve (Ross, Calif.), Stanford University ‘21
Sean Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Georgetown University ‘20
Scott Sinks (San Diego, Calif.), Boston College ‘18
Wade Waddell (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Boston College ‘19
Christopher Williford (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Dartmouth College ‘19
ICSA Honorable Mention All-American Crews:
Annabel Carrington (White Stone, Va.), College of Charleston ‘19
Sophia Diserio (New York, N.Y.), Dartmouth College ‘18
Maddie Ekin (Paulsbo, Wash.), U.S. Coast Guard Academy ‘20
Christine Gosioco (Manila, Philippines), Harvard University ‘19
Taylor Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, R.I.), Stanford University ‘20
Sonia Lingos-Utley (Yarmouth, Mass.), Yale University ‘21
Lily McGrath (Falmouth, Mass.), Boston College ‘18
Lydia McPherson-Shambarger (Annapolis, Md.), St. Mary's College of Maryland ‘19
Ana Mier (San Jose, Puerto Rico), U.S. Naval Academy ‘19
Elizabeth Pemberton (Osterville, Mass.), College of Charleston ‘18
Caroline Teare (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands), Georgetown University ‘21
Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.), Stanford University ‘18
ICSA All-American Crews:
Jennifer Agell (Huntington, N.Y.), Roger Williams University ‘19
Rebecca Anderson (Northport, N.Y.), Roger Williams University ‘18
Lizzie Bohan (Newport, R.I.), Boston College ‘18
Julia Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.), Brown University ‘18
Lindsey Kloc (Barrington, R.I.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘19
Katharina (KB) Knapp (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), Yale University ‘18
Carter Little (Charlotte, N.C.), Old Dominion University ‘18
Katherine Lounsbury (Jensen Beach, Fla.), College of Charleston ‘20
Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass.), Georgetown University ‘18
Michael McBrien (East Patchogue, N.Y.), Roger Williams University ‘18
Grace McCarthy (San Diego, Calif.), College of Charleston ‘18
Rebecca McElvain (San Diego, Calif.), Dartmouth College ‘19
Graceann Nicolosi (St. Thomas, USVI), Yale University ‘20
Haley Okun (Darien, Conn.), Hobart & William Smith Colleges ‘18
Emma Perry (Lexington, Mass.), Boston College ‘19
Kennedy Placek (San Francisco, Calif.), Stanford University ‘18
Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘19
Maya Weber (Amherst, N.Y.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘20
To learn more about the teams competing in all of the events and to follow the racing and results visit the event website: http://2018nationals.collegesailing.org/
Dan Egan, of Degan Media, provided some live coverage during the events sponsored by US Sailing, streaming from the event website.
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The ICSA sponsors and partners through the 2017-2018 season are: LaserPerformance (www.laserperformance.com), title sponsor of “LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championship”, title sponsor of “LaserPerformance College Sailing Team Race National Championship” and Official Boat Supplier of the ICSA Spring National Championships. Sperry (www.sperry.com), title sponsor of the “Sperry College Sailing Women’s National Championship”.Gill North American (gillna.com), title sponsor of “The Gill College Sailing National Championship”. Quantum Sail Design Group (www.quantumsails.com), official sponsor of the “Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year”. Marlow Ropes (www.marlowropes.com), presenting sponsor of the “Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award” and “Official Rope of College Sailing”. US Sailing (www.ussailing.org), “The Robert H. Hobbs Sportsman of the Year Sponsored by US Sailing”.