University of Miami Sailors Leah Harper and Katie DeLisser; College of Charleston Sailors Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon
SAISA teams competed in a strong slate of regattas this past weekend including two of the top three intersectionals hosted in SAISA with the Bob Bavier Team Race at Charleston and the Eckerd Interconference in St. Petersburg. Several SAISA teams had women racing at the ODU Women's Interconference in Norfolk, and points events in both North and South rounded out the week 5 calendar. For this week's SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week we received several nominations including some new names and faces. At the top of the ticket was the strong performance of sailors Leah Harper and Katie DeLisser of the University of Miami Hurricanes at the Eckerd Interconference. This all-female pair placed third overall in A-division just a few points out of 2nd, and throughout the day Harper and DeLisser were in the mix at the front of the fleet. With two bullets on the day and solid finishes otherwise, the Miami sailors helped their team secure fifth place overall in the competitive regatta.
Sailing in what could be described as a completely different season than the one being experienced in St. Petersburg, cold and rainy conditions greeted sailors to the ODU Women's in Norfolk. Building on their SOTW performance in week 4, College of Charleston Cougars Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon once again earn SAISA Women's Sailors of the Week winning A division by ten points and leading a Cougar comeback with a string of bullets mid-regatta propelling Charleston into a fierce three-way battle with the Naval Academy and fellow SAISA sailors Charlotte Rose and GiGi Arias of Jacksonville University for tops in A-division. Williams and Mignon's contribution also helped the College of Charleston secure the overall regatta win, their first Women's interconference win since the 2018 Sperry Women's Western Semifinal last May.
About the SAISA Sailors of the Week
Each week of the season, we’ll recognize outstanding performances by sailors across SAISA, as well as by SAISA sailors in competition out of conference. The selection process includes a nomination period each week ending on Sunday. A committee of SAISA coaches from both divisions selects sailors from the nominations received and will announce the SAISA Sailors of the Week early each week following the close of the nomination period. If you’d like to submit a nomination, email the sailor’s name, school, position, and what events or circumstances they demonstrated outstanding performance to SAISAsotw@gmail.com. Nominations close on Sunday at midnight EST and selections will be based on performances for the preceding week and that weekend. Selection categories may include co-ed skipper, co-ed crew, women’s skipper, women’s crew. Pairings or individual sailors may be nominated or selected.
For more information, visit the SAISA website at www.saisasailing.com/sotw