Men's And Women's Swimming Undefeated

Both men’s and women’s Swimming won their first meets, making them undefeated as they prepare for home meets on Friday November 4th against Randolph-Macon College at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday November 5th against Goucher College at 1 p.m.

Junior Joanna Purich explained the nature of swim meets:“First, there’s a relay with four people on each relay team. Then, I believe there are 10 different individual events, and then at the end we have another relay.”

Both teams swam against Catholic before swimming against Hood College and Marymount in a tri-meet. Sophomore Hanna Rizkallah described tri-meets simply by saying, “Usually we have dual meet, so it’s just two teams competing, but in this case there were three teams competing”

Sophomore Claire Huckenpoehler explained one thing she did not like about tri-meets, saying, “Tri wasn’t an ideal situation because not everyone got a chance to swim because there were only two lanes to swim per team instead of three.”

However, the possibility of all the girls swimming in a meet is slim considering the size of the team. Purich commented saying, “We have tons and tons of girls so not everyone gets to swim, but it also makes us more competitive and helps us to be better.” Likewise, the men’s team has a lot more men than usual, Purich said, “With all the freshman that have come in, the guy’s team is almost a full team.”

Purich, Rizkallah, and Huckenpoehler all mentioned the importance of first-years on the team, with Rizkallah specifically saying, “We have a lot of good freshman, a lot of good fresh talent, and we all came together as a team with the new freshman.” Rizkallah was happy with the team’s morale saying, “We all were really good at getting up and cheering when other people were swimming.”

The Freshman on the women’s team did place well. In Even in events where other St. Mary’s students placed first, a first year often placed second. First year Brooke Raab picked up three wins for the team in events including the 100 butterfly and the 200 Freestyle. Another First year, Kelsey Abernathy, came in second behind Raab in the 100 Butterfly. Elaina Kohles, another freshman, placed third in the 100 Freestyle.

Likewise Freshmen on the men’s team contributed to an impressive showing. First year Ben Immink came in second in the 200 freestyle after Junior Billy DeBoissiere. Jackson Holden, another first year, came in second in 500 Freestyle. Dylan Cope ’15 also placed second in the 100 backstroke and the 1000 freestyle.

However, like most athletic events, there usually is something to work on in practice. Even with their undefeated record, Huckenpoehler said, “We had a good start but there are always things we need to work on.” Rizkallah said, “Our coach said our starts and turns could get better, so we need to still work as individuals, but as a whole I think we are pretty good.”

Rizkallah explained an advantage in the upcoming meets, saying, “I think we’ll do really well, we have home field advantage. You always do better at your home pool. And we have a really nice pool with plenty of space for teams to warm up and cool down, and I think that’s really important with swimming.”

All three swimmers seemed excited about the season, with Huckenpoehler saying, “It’s really positive, we’re all really motivated, we got a good group of people together.” Purich also commented, saying, “It’s still really early in the season, and people were swimming really good times, so we’ve got a lot of good potential this year.”

Students Celebrate River at Annual Get Your Float On

SMCM Sailing Club’s Fall Get Your Float On (GYFO) was a resounding success. Students went sailing and learned the basics of  kayaking and windsurfing.

Sailing Club Vice President Andrew Surgent took several groups of students out sailing on the College’s new Condor 300 Trimaran. Music from The Hawk Radio rolled over the waterfront while young scholars relaxed pier-side with friends. Club officers manned the grills and other students learned the rudiments of windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing on what may prove to be one of the nicest days of September 2011.

Every semester, St. Mary’s College’s Sailing Club coordinates with the Windsurfing Club, Offshore Team, and Grill Club to hold a sailing event and barbecue. “Get Your Float On is all about getting people excited about the waterfront,” said Surgent.

“The goal of the event is to get as many people out on the water or floating as you can, and the really sad thing for us is that people go four years here and graduate without going on a boat,” stated Surgent. “Maybe they’ll go kayaking once in four years but they’ll…never go out on a boat or…sail or anything like that.”

Club Treasurer Roger Ding said, “We offer sailing lessons for free. There’s a lot of people who are seniors who say, ‘Yeah, I’ve been going to St. Mary’s for four years and I’ve never learned to sail.’”
Sign-ups for sailing lessons occur at the fall and spring Club Fairs. By signing up at Club Fair, a student will have have a guaranteed spot in the lessons.

Sailing Club President Kenneth Doutt said, “We had a lot of people come down. One of the great things was that we were able to offer people rides on the waterfront’s new Trimaran, the Condor 40, and a lot of people loved the opportunity.” DelMarva Boat Sports also loaned the sailing club several of their paddle boards. Doutt observed that students really enjoyed taking the paddle boards out, “especially after the wind died down.”

The Sailing Club also holds a novice regatta after the end of sailing lessons each semester; past winners of the Novice (FJ) Regattas were awarded gift certificates to the Campus Bookstore. Surgent said a small FJ regatta may be a “coming attraction” at the spring GYFO.

Doutt also said that the spring GYFO “is generally the last day of class and it’s a great way for people to let loose and blow off some steam they have to hunker down and start studying.”

SMCM Hosts Regatta

There’s something beautiful about seeing sailboats race on the Saint Mary’s River with grace, finesse, and skill. Sailing is a grand tradition at SMCM, where the sailing team frequently places nationally and has produced 150 All-Americans.  This fall, the sailing team is preparing for the start of another excellent season.

This past weekend, on Sept. 24 and 25, SMCM hosted the first major intersectional of the sailing team’s season. An intersectional is a regatta with a large number of teams participating, and it gave the Saint Mary’s team a chance to compete on home turf while SMCM showcases its campus, team, and facilities. Teams sailed FJs and 420s.

The team has competed in five regattas prior to their first intersectional and placed in the top five at four events.

Since sailing is a year-round sport where national competitions take place in the spring, the fall is spent honing important skills that will be needed for the rest of the year. Head Coach Adam Werblow said, “at this time of the year we are trying to get the basic skills up—concentrating on where the boat needs to be and how to do it.”

Director of Sailing Bill Ward says for now, “[we’re] not overly concerned with results, but more with process. People get caught up in results, in small things, and lose track of the big picture.”

Several sailors graduated last year, and at 25 sailors this year’s team “is the smallest [the College has] ever had,” said Werblow. The team is also composed of a large number of first-years and sophomores. Senior Co-Captain Gordon Lumphere said “we have a young team, but a team that has full potential, and experience beyond their years.”

Many sailors will also be switching from crew to skipper to fill roles vacated by seniors that have left the team. Werblow said these are team members that are “good sailors, but now they’ll actually be holding the tiller.  [They have] whole new roles to learn in the boat.”

For the rest of the season, Werblow says the “most [important] thing we want to do is have consistent, single-digit finishes.”

Saint Mary’s finished in second place behind Connecticut College. In sailing, the team with the lowest score wins. At the end of the regatta Connecticut College had a total of 78 points with SMCM finishing 12 points higher with a total of 90 points. Boston College finished in third, Charleston finished in fourth, and Roger WIlliams finished in fifth.

Eighteen sailing teams from the United States and Britain attended the regatta, including St. Mary’s College of Maryland, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, Cornell University, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, Washington College, Old Dominion, Georgetown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Roger Williams University, Connecticut College, Boston College, Vermont, Boston University, University of South Florida, College of Charleston, and the British Universities Sailing Association Tour Team.

Governor's Cup Sails Forward Successfully

On the first weekend of August, St. Mary’s College of Maryland welcomed students, faculty, staff, and guests from all over onto the banks of the waterfront in order to watch or complete the annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race.

This year, a total of 155 registered boats, a ten-year high, participated in the race, which started in Annapolis on Friday, Aug. 5 and ended on the St. Mary’s River. The finish line ran between Church Point and the 17th century replica of the Maryland Dove, which sat out in the middle of the river starting Friday evening through the weekend.

In order to improve race participation for this 38th season, a Cruising class was implemented in order to allow those who did not wish to be particularly competitive to take part in the race. The informal classes had a start time from Annapolis of 3 P.M. while the competitive classes left exactly three hours later. This way most boats would still arrive at the finish line around the same time.

Live GPS tracking was displayed online for everyone on shore to track friends and family, or to keep up with the entire race. Those that waited on the banks of the St. Mary’s River enjoyed a weekend full of swimming, music, vendors, and sun.

“The race ran beautifully,” said Senior and Governor’s Cup intern Mark Snyder. “Really everything ran according to plan and even the weather cooperated.”

Every boat in the race was placed in separate groupings, and the rankings were split into their respective categories. Each of the seventeen divisions had its own champion, which was not decided by the time at which they crossed the finish line, but by their time based on their handicap.

One overall winner was also awarded the Joseph Waldschmidt Best in Fleet Trophy, while the Bickell Award was given to the skipper and crew that best improved their time from the previous year. Approximately twenty-eight boats competing did not finish the race.

Last year the Governor’s Cup was known for having lost $20,000 instead of gaining any revenue from the event. This year, some changes were made in order to save more money, which helped the event break even.

“We eliminated a dinner that cost the college about $9,000,” said Associate Vice President of Planning and Facilities Charles “Chip” Jackson. “More food vendors were brought in to replace the dinner. We also increased a number of fees: race registration was increased from $75 to $100 and we increased the cost for overnight housing.”

While rumors had been previously flying that the 2011 Governor’s Cup could be the last, due to monetary issues, Jackson is confident that St. Mary’s College will be keeping the annual race in future years and that fixing a few of the financial details for this year were crucial.

Whether participants in the 38th Annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race spent their time sailing from the new Maryland capitol of Annapolis, or spent the weekend soaking up the sun, music, and fun at Maryland’s old capital of St. Mary’s City, all parties seemed pleased with the event.

“It was a lot of fun and was relaxing to come back down to school for a weekend in the summer,” said Sophomore Tira Valkanas. “I got to see friends that I haven’t seen in a while and it was awesome watching all of the boats sail in.”

Governor’s Cup To Hold Final Race?

In an effort to lower auxiliary expenses to promote the College’s academic mission, the College administration is considering modifications of the budget that may lead to the end of investment-heavy projects, including the annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, after 2011.

The Governor’s Cup, entering its 38th race this August, began in 1973 under the design of then-St. Mary’s sophomores Pete Sarelas, Russell Baker and Dale Rausch, ’71, with the help of former College president Renwick Jackson and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.

The race itself is a weekend-long event, with racers sailing from the state capital to St. Mary’s City, followed by an awards ceremony and after-race dinner and party event.

“The race starts at the outer edge of Annapolis Harbor [the modern capital],” said Adam Werblow, Director of the Waterfront and Principal Race Officer of the Governor’s Cup, “and boats race 70 miles to a finish off of Church Point, St. Mary’s City [the colonial capital].”

The St. Mary’s community has shown strong interest in the race since its inception, with as many as 400 ships during the races in the 1980s.

“Some [community members] are sponsors, some race, some come to welcome visiting sailors,” said Werblow. “[The Governor’s Cup] is one of the few events that brings a large number of people to our campus.”

Despite its previously high participation, the race only boasted 119 racers last year, and has increasingly generated less profit for the College annually.

Costing $72,000 last year but only gaining $54,000 in revenue, the $18,000 deficit was a noticeable portion of the school’s overall budget.

“With a long view forward in mind, there are actions we are taking now to help ensure our viability and to make us more attractive to those with the means to support our mission,” said President Joseph Urgo during a Board of Trustees meeting in December.

“Finances need to consider the academic mission,” said Associate Vice President of Planning and Facilities Charles “Chip” Jackson, “and $20,000 is a lot.”

The decline in the race’s participation is a growing trend in point-to-point distance races, as the long travel commitments and difficulty of the race make it a less attractive type of event.

“It’s a long, hard race,” said Jackson, “and those types of races are less and less popular in the sailing world.”

Current steps are being taken to modify the event for this year and future years in order to lower the cost to the College and raise revenue for the event.

Included in these changes are the possible cancellation of the after-race dinner and having a lower-scale after-party alongside the post-race events.

“People pay for the dinner, but it itself lost almost $10,000,” said Jackson. “Some sailors have mentioned that they wouldn’t mind losing the dinner.”

Losing the dinner would also increase the attention towards the other events occurring during the Governor’s Cup, including band performances and vendor tents.

“The goal is to be budget neutral,” said Jackson, “and we’re looking at ways to raise revenue and cut costs.”

Despite the financial struggles of the event, the Governor’s Cup is still scheduled for this August, with modifications in place to see if costs can be lowered. A trustee group of community members is currently meeting to aid in this endeavor.

“There has been very productive dialogue that will serve the College well,” said Jackson. “We look forward to informing the community.”

The administration is also looking at the River Concert Series, which was mostly budget-neutral last year with the help of successful fundraising, and Slackwater, an environmental awareness journal that lost its Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant this past year.

St. Mary’s Sailing Sets Out With Young Team, Impressive Performance

Losing several sailors from the team following last year’s graduation, the College’s sailing team is working hard to train its 17 first-year and sophomore skippers and crewmen for competition this season. (Photo by Katie Henry)
Losing several sailors from the team following last year’s graduation, the College’s sailing team is working hard to train its 17 first-year and sophomore skippers and crewmen for competition this season. (Photo by Katie Henry)
It’s no surprise that a school located on the Chesapeake Bay would have outstanding water sports and sailing. This is certainly no exception at St. Mary’s. Sailing is a proud tradition at the College, which includes 15 National Championship titles and over 150 All-Americans for the team.

This past May, the University of Wisconsin, Madison hosted the 2010 ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association) national championship regattas. St. Mary’s sailing left with the national championship in team racing, which was held May 29-31.

The team racing championship has a field of 14 schools that have each qualified from their respective conference championships.

In team racing competition, schools meet head-to-head in three-boat teams. Each match lasts about ten minutes and the team with the lowest point score based on finishing position (one point for first place, two for second, etc.) wins.

The Seahawks compiled a record of 12 wins and five losses to take the championship, edging out Boston College in second and Georgetown University in third. This was the fifth time that St. Mary’s has won this championship, also winning in 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2007.

At the beginning of this year, Coaches Bill Ward and Adam Werblow, now in their fifth year coaching together, built a 28-person team, which, according to Ward, is “a little smaller than we have had in recent years.”

“We graduated a pretty big class last year,” Ward explains. Of the seniors who graduated in the spring, there were 3 All-Americans. “We have a young team dominated by freshman and sophomores. But we’re hopeful.” Werblow agrees: “The bar is set pretty high.”

Senior Michael Menninger, a skipper, is enthusiastic about the team. “I really like our team. Last year we lost a few sailors with some real talent but this year we got more freshmen with prospective talent that will help our team stay on a championship level for the next four years.”

Menninger, who is a two time All-American and was runner-up for College Sailor of the Year, believes that this new team will have to “try their hardest on the water and do their best to be in good physical shape.”

To accomplish this, the team has physical training on land on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m., and Mondays through Thursdays they’re in the water from 2 or 2:30 until sunset, or the wind dies, or sailors have to attend class, usually around 5.

On Fridays, there’s no practice, usually because the team does community service by coaching five or six local high school teams.

All of their practicing has certainly paid off. Their new season started the weekend of Sept. 11 and will end in mid-Nov. So far, they’ve had three national-level victories, beginning with the Hatch Brown trophy at MIT on Sept. 18 and 19, at which they beat 17 other colleges to take home the trophy.

The next weekend, the sailing team won at St. Mary’s very own event, aptly named the St. Mary’s College Fall Intersectional Regatta. In home waters, St. Mary’s sailing again defeated 17 other colleges.

Most recently, at the US Coast Guard Academy, the team dominated 19 other schools by a margin of 46 points (where a 15-point margin is average).

According to Werblow, the real goal for the team at large is to “broaden the base of expertise” and get the younger members of the team used to the “rhythm of the week,” academic success, and college life in general. “If everyone performs at a high level consistently then we’re one of the teams that can vie nationally.”

Werblow explains. “We’re excited. We have a really nice group of kids. People seem to be motivated and self-directed, and that’s a good beginning.”

SMC hosts annual Governor’s Cup

Heron, pictured above and skippered by Greg Leonard, won best in fleet for class A1 ships with a corrected time of 09:31:18.0 (Photo Courtesy of Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com)
Heron, pictured above and skippered by Greg Leonard, won best in fleet for class A1 ships with a corrected time of 09:31:18.0 (Photo Courtesy of Allen Clark / PhotoBoat.com)
On Aug. 6, crowds gathered on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to witness the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, one of the oldest sailing races of its kind in those waters.
This year’s competition, the 37th of its kind since 1974, followed a 70-mile track from Annapolis to Church Point in a 35-minute race involving 115 ships. The event also marked the first distance race on the Bay to offer live tracking, which was displayed in the James P. Muldoon River Center with markers to identify ships and their standings throughout the competition. Ship classes were assigned by The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), and included a class for multihull ships. The race was hosted by the College, the SMCM Sailing Association, and the SMCM Foundation, Inc.

Awards for the race included the TPP Trophy, awarded to top times of ships with at least one TPP member; the Steve Bickell Trophy, awarded to the ship with the most improved time between this year’s and last year’s races (as long as the captain and ship remained the same between racing years); an Alumni Trophy for graduates of the College; and the Joseph Waldschmitt “Best in Fleet” Trophy, awarded to the winner of the top racing class (the class with the greatest time improvement percentage between first place and fifth place finishers).

After a five-minute warning shot at 5:55 p.m., the competition ran from 6 p.m. until 6:35 p.m.
The College hosted festivities on campus the following day, including a Trinity Church Breakfast, music by the bands “Nautical Wheelers” and “Joe Bachman & The Crew”, a Skipper’s Dinner for sailors and invited guests and family, photography awards, and an awards ceremony after final racing times were processed.
The event was sponsored by Annapolis Inflatables, Bon Appetit Management Company, Blair’s Jewelry and Gifts, Chesapeake Custom Embroidery, Ocean Navigator, PhotoBoat.Com, Spinsheet, and Tri-County Rent-A-Tent.

Race Results

Multihull: Timothy Layne’s “Wild Card”

Class A0: Charles Engh’s “Stray Dog”

Class A1: Greg Leonard’s “Heron”

Class A2: Clarke McKinney’s “The Riddler”

Class B: Ed Tracey’s “Incommunicado”

Class C/D: Michael Cone’s “Actaea”

Class N: Jack Lusby’s “Vagabond”

Best in Fleet: Charles Engh’s “Stray Dog”

Alumni Trophy: James Muldoon’s “Donnybrook”

TPP Trophy: Peter Gibbons’ “Invictus”

Seahawk Sailing Wins 2009 ICSA Coed National Championship

After 36 races against schools such as Yale University and Georgetown University, the SMCM Sailing team won the ICSA Coed National Championship in San Francisco.
After 36 races against schools such as Yale University and Georgetown University, the SMCM Sailing team won the ICSA Coed National Championship in San Francisco.

On June 3, seven St. Mary’s sailors and their coaches competed in this year’s Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. Three days and 36 races later, the Seahawks succeeded in taking first place.

Originally ranked fourth, the team faced warm breezes and good competition against schools such as Yale University, Georgetown University, Old Dominion University, and Boston College.
Alumna Jen Chamberlain, seniors Jesse Kirkland, Mike Kuschner, Kelly Wilbur, and juniors Maddie Jackson, Megan Magill, and Michael Menninger made up the team that represented SMCM, and prepared all year for this summer’s ICSA national championship.

“Winning a national championship is the end goal for every college sailing team. Sailing is unique that you do not match up with one other school at one time but up to 17 other schools every weekend. Throughout the seasons (fall, spring) you are constantly racing against the best so across the board everyone is improving all year,” Chamberlain said of the regatta.

Menninger said, “Before a big regatta, like every sporting event, people get nervous and I tried my best to stay calm and run through the motions.” And running, or rather sailing, through the motions is exactly what the team did. With A-Division up first, Yale’s performance momentarily broke the Hawk’s seven-point lead. Kirkland, Jackson, and Magill came back and finished 13-5 to tie the two leading teams. “We have been working all year towards the Nationals. After school ended, we continued our training at Point Lookout and then over in Santa Cruz, CA to better ourselves in the conditions present in San Francisco,” said Kirkland. And their year-round dedication continued to show as the event went on.

The Hawks continued to gain on Yale when the B-Division put the team ahead. However, after a photo finish by the A-Division, it was up to the B-Division to bring the team back down in points. “Most National championships come down to the last few races. In our case it came down to us and Yale at the end and our job was to beat them,” said Wilbur of the close scores. “After our second place finish at Team Race Nationals, the team kind of regrouped and we lit a fire under ourselves. We knew we were inches from the team race title and we just wanted more. We went sailing and had a great time and the outcome reflected our hard work and devotion,” she continued.

Since 1991, SMCM Sailing has won 11 national sailing titles.
Since 1991, SMCM Sailing has won 11 national sailing titles.

Chamberlain also described the extremely close competition towards the very end. “Turning a 9th [place] to a 7th [place] or a 12th [place] to a 10th [place] is so important because your goal is to have to lowest amount of points… St. Mary’s was leading for the first two days with a nice buffer of points between us and Georgetown and Yale. The third day Yale fought hard and had a lead over us in the final races.” Looking back on the final race Chamberlain recalls watching Kirkland and Menninger “so far ahead of the rest of the fleet really fighting it out. Yale was leading by three points going into the last set…very exciting.”

In the final race Chamberlain and Menninger posted a 6-1 over Yale’s 14-16, putting the Hawks in first place by twenty points over Yale. Yale competed hard Menninger comments, “With the competition being so tight, it was really close to the end.”

This is the third time in the college’s history to take the title. But according to Kirkland, “having everybody sail in the Championship, that was a true team victory.”

Sailing Wraps Up Fall Season with Anticipation for the Spring

The team consists of sailors from all over the country, as well as outside. The recruitment process usually involves sailors “contacting us,” a sign of the status St. Mary’s holds in the sailing world. (Photo submitted by Jen Chamberlain)
The team consists of sailors from all over the country, as well as outside. The recruitment process usually involves sailors “contacting us,” a sign of the status St. Mary’s holds in the sailing world. (Photo submitted by Jen Chamberlain)

As most sports move indoors this time of year, the St. Mary’s sailing team toughs out the cold.  “It wasn’t too long ago that we all arrived on campus early to do boat work and prepare for the season. Now that our fall season is wrapping up I find myself in a dry suit all bundled up.  But as our coach always says, at least the water is still warm,” says junior Sara Morgan Watters.  The team concludes a most successful fall season: in a recent November national ranking, the coed team was ranked #2, while the women’s team was ranked #1 in the country.

Qualifying for each possible nationals event, including the men’s single-handed nationals, women’s single-handed nationals, and Sloops Nationals, the squad is proud of their accomplishments thus far.  They were only one point shy of winning a consecutive Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Sloop Nationals at the University of South Florida, and executed an exciting victory at the Co-Ed Atlantic Coast Championship, the most important double-handed event of the fall season.  Junior captain Ted Hale says, “I feel like the regattas we’ve had so far this season have gone really well, we are always in contention for winning every event, and have come home with some W’s. I think the whole team and the coaches are really excited and looking forward to the spring season.”

The team has high expectations for themselves this spring with their sights set on San Francisco, the location of the 2009 ICSA Women’s, Coed and Team Racing National events.  But to pave their way to the Golden Gate, they are firm believers in the adage “practice makes perfect.”  “Our goals for the spring season will be to continue to get better every day. As coach Bill [Ward] says, we are not just competing on weekends, we compete every day at workouts and practice  in hopes to work a little harder and get a little better than the other teams,” states Watters.

“Our biggest challenge will probably overcoming inexperience as we have a rather young but talented team,” says junior Jesse Kirkland.  Graduating a whopping eleven talented sailors last spring, the team is indeed a young one.  However, Coach Adam Werblow has faith in all of his athletes to keep the standards high.  “Our team is 15% smaller and that means we don’t have a person to waste.  If just a couple of people are doing less than their absolute best in our daily training; the results will begin to show it.  St. Mary’s College Sailing has a tradition of excellence and we hope and intend to be one of the teams capable of vying for national titles later this spring.”

The new River Center is an exciting addition to the campus that will be extremely beneficial to the sailing team.  “Our resources are more plentiful than ever and it is much appreciated by all the sailors,” says sophomore Michael Menninger.

The team is especially happy to have locker rooms for the first time, so that they won’t have to change out of their wetsuits in the frigid weather.  But although this addition to the campus is much appreciated by the sailors, Werblow hopes that the entire campus community will make use of the new waterfront as well.  “We hope the campus community as a whole couldn’t be happier with their new waterfront.  This facility is for the entire college community and we are excited to see it come online and fully operational.”

This weekend the Possum Bowl took place, an annual alumni regatta in which undergrads also participate and look forward to greatly.  Alumni from all across the nation flew in for the event to sail, reunite with college friends and teammates, and visit their beautiful alma-mater.  During this time, the River Center and Rowing Center were blessed.  With a great fall season and a stunning new facility, the team is rearing to go for the spring.  “The River Center has brought a lot of excitement to the team which we hope to translate to wins on the water,” says Hale.