By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - The always busy USF sailing team was productive on the water last weekend with much more on the horizon.
Closest to their St. Pete headquarters, a group Bulls sailors finished fourth at the SAISA SP-2 regatta in Winter Park, Fla., Freshman Megan Hostetter and Sydney Jones won the A Division. Tom Hamby and Patricia Calvo Jaschke finished seventh in the B Division.
Another group of USF sailors were in Kings Point, N.Y., where they finished eighth out of 20 teams at Nevin's Regatta that was hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Co-ed team members Will Stocke and Emily Johnson led at the halfway point and took sixth place in the A Division. Sophomore Ben Mohney and AJ Degen finished in 12th in the B Division, while Chris Stocke finished eighth among a talented C Division group of single-handed sailors.
"The team showed good boat speed and the ability to compete with top teams," USF co-ed coach Tim King said.
The USF women's team placed 14th out of 22 programs at the Mrs. Hurst Regatta in Dartmouth, N.H. Abby Featherstone and Dominique Wright tied for third in the A Division. Colleen Hartman and freshman Ali Yarbrough ended up in 17th place. Head coach Allison Jolly was encouraged by USF's alternate team performance after having little practice time prior to the event.
"It was important to see what strengths and weaknesses we have early in the season, and how best to play to our strengths and in upcoming events," Jolly said.
USF will host the SAISA SP-3 Regatta on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Head down to the seawall by the College of Marine Sciences buildings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to check out the action.