MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (June 2, 2017) – At an awards ceremony following racing for the Gill Coed National Championship, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award 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 five finalists for the prestigious award: Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), Yale University ‘17, Stephano Peschiera (Lima, Peru), College of Charleston ’18, Nicholas Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Yale University ’19, Patrick Snow (San Diego, Calif.), U.S. Naval Academy ’17 and Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Boston College ’17.
Although each of the sailors had an incredible year of competition, the winner, calculated by the numbers, is Ian Barrows. Barrows won many of the regattas in A-division that he sailed over the last year and placed second with his team at the 2017 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship and the 2017 Gill Coed National Championship.
Barrows has been named an All-American each year since he started sailing in college and he was a finalist for this honor last year.
“This honor means a lot,” says Barrows, “It helps to show that the hard work and time that I have put into sailing has paid off.”
“What I love about college sailing is the atmosphere, the friends I have made and have grown up sailing with and seeing familiar faces every weekend,” Barrows says. “It’s awesome to have such a big group of friends in the sailing community.”
Barrows got into sailing because his parents always owned a sailboat and also because his older brother was into sailing. Barrows graduated from Yale with a degree in economics. He will continue to sail in 49ers.
The winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for best overall collegiate team is College of Charleston with 98.53 points. Boston College was second and Yale University was third in line for the trophy. 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 Nikole Barnes (St. Thomas, USVI), U.S. Coast Guard Academy ’17 and Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif.), St. Mary’s College of Maryland ‘17. This year’s winner is Nikole Barnes.
Barnes was nominated for the NEISA Sportsmanship Award by several NEISA teams and she was the co-winner of the award with Scott Barbano. Barnes is known for being a fair and honest competitor. Barnes graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy this spring.
“I guess I was too nice to my competitors!” Barnes jokes. “If you’re not enjoying the sport and the people around you, then you are doing it wrong.”
“I enjoy getting to know everyone and hope to sail against everyone more – it’s a small sport and developing bonds on and off the water is part of the fun of this sport,” Barnes says.
Barnes graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in May and will move to Florida and continue to sail and work on an Olympic campaign.
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) also announced the 2016-17 All-American Crews, Coed Skippers and Honorable Mentions (the Women’s All-Americans were announced at the Sperry 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; Charles Higgins, MAISA; Geoff Pedrick, MCSA; Amanda Callahan, NEISA; Frank Pizzo, NEISA; John Vandemoer, PCCSC; Ward Cromwell, SAISA.
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:
Nikole Barnes (St. Thomas, USVI), U.S. Coast Guard Academy ‘17
Bryan Mackenzie (Christiansted, USVI), Roger Williams University ‘18
Rachel Bryer (Jamestown, R.I.), University of Rhode Island ’17
Kai Friesecke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), George Washington University ‘18
Hector Guzman (Huixquilucan, Mexico), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘20
Harry Koeppel (New York, N.Y.), Boston College ‘17
Charles Lalumiere (Falmouth, Maine), Dartmouth College ‘17
Charles Lomax (Annapolis, Md.), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point ‘18
Gary Prieto (Southold, N.Y.), U.S. Naval Academy ‘18
Sean Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Georgetown University ‘20
Brendan Shanahan (Tierra Verde, Fla.), George Washington University ‘17
Scotty Sinks (San Diego, Calif.), Boston College ‘18
ICSA Coed All-American Skippers:
Nicholas Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Yale University ‘19
Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), Yale University ‘17
Jack Cusick (Fairfield, Conn.), College of Charleston ‘17
Campbell D’Eliscu (Newport Beach, Calif.), Georgetown University ‘19
Greiner Hobbs (Tampa, Fla.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘18
Ty Ingram (White Plains, N.Y.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘18
Joseph Kiss (Holland, Mich.), Yale University ‘17
Will La Dow (San Diego, Calif.), Stanford University ‘18
Stephano Peschiera (Lima, Peru), College of Charleston ‘18
Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Boston College ‘17
Patrick Snow (San Diego, Calif.), U.S. Naval Academy ‘17
ICSA Honorable Mention All-American Crews:
Jennifer Agell (Huntington, N.Y.), Roger Williams University ‘19
Dana Bloch (Falmouth, Maine), Bowdoin College ‘17
Haley Carter (Elm Grove, Wisc.), Brown University ‘17
Madeleine Cooney (Winnetka, Ill.), Dartmouth College ‘17
Anna Flaherty (Oak Bluffs, Mass.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘20
Chandler Gregoire (New York, N.Y.), Yale University ‘17
Meredith Harrington (La Jolla, Calif.), Boston University ‘18
Sophie Kerr (Houston, Texas), Dartmouth College ‘17
Ian Morgan (Shady Side, Md.), Tufts University ‘19
Paige Omura (Honolulu, Hawaii), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘17
Elizabeth Pemberton (Osterville, Mass.), College of Charleston ‘18
Gabriel Smith (Annapolis, Md.), Old Dominion University ‘17
Maya Weber (Amherst, N.Y.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges ‘20
ICSA All-American Crews:
Lizzie Bohan (Newport, R.I.), Boston College ‘18
Kathryn Booker (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Stanford University ‘19
Chloe Dapp (Newport Beach, Calif.), College of Charleston ‘17
Natalya Doris (Miami, Fla.), Yale University ‘17
Allison Ferraris (Orient, N.Y.), Boston College ‘17
Rebecca Fung (Rye, N.Y.), Georgetown University ‘19
Hannah Lynn (Marblehead, Mass.), Boston College ‘17
Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass.), Georgetown University ‘18
Grace McCarthy (San Diego, Calif.), College of Charleston ‘18
Ana Mier (San Juan, Puerto Rico), U.S. Naval Academy ‘19
Anna Morin (Falmouth, Maine), U.S. Coast Guard Academy ‘19
Mary Morocco (Marcellus, N.Y.), U.S. Naval Academy ‘19
Graceann Nicolosi (St. Thomas, USVI), Yale University ‘20
Clara Robertson (Rye, N.Y.), Yale University ‘17
Isabelle Rossi De Leon (Honolulu, H.I.), Yale University ‘17
Hannah Scanlon (Bristol, R.I.), University of Rhode Island ‘18
Sameena Shaffeeullah (Danbury, Conn.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘19
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