ICSA All-American Team and College Sailor of the Year announced

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At the final Nationals banquet in Cascade Locks, OR after the last day of racing for the Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship the continuation of announcing the ICSA All-American Team, the Everett B. Morris Trophy for the College Sailor of the Year, the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award, the James Rousmaniere Award for Student Leadership and the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the Best Overall Team were presented.

These are all high honors and a highlight of the collegiate sailing year. All of these names will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The ICSA All-America Team is selected by a committee of coaches who represent the seven conferences in the ICSA. For selecting the All-Americans the committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in District and North American Championships. Beyond that the committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, results achieved with different crews, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in previous years. For All-American crew selections the committee uses criteria similar to skipper selection, but additionally considers: demonstrated leadership (may consider seniority), outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills as well as proven ability to improve of the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails.

The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the 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: Charlie Buckingham ’11 Georgetown University, Taylor Canfield ’11 Boston College, Michael Menninger ’11 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Tyler Sinks ’11 Boston College and Cy Thompson ’11 Roger Williams University. All of these sailors had an outstanding competitive record and all competed at the highest level in the 2011 Collegiate National Championship events.

The winner, calculated by the numbers, who was also the winner of A-division at the 2011 Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship and this fall won the Laser Performance/ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, was Georgetown senior Charlie Buckingham. This is the second time Buckingham has won the award in his collegiate sailing career. He previously won the honor in 2009 and he has also been a collegiate All-American four times (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) in his career.

Buckingham is from Newport Beach, California and grew up sailing at Newport Harbor Yacht Club and on the Newport Harbor High School Sailing Team. He plans to return to Newport Harbor and use this as his home base as he pursues an Olympic Campaign. He will hope to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 'It felt good to win this honor, it was really special because it is my senior year. It was a good way to cap off my four years,' Buckingham explains. 'I think this year I had better results than I did my sophomore year—I never have the award in mind, but with good results comes the award. I just focused on sailing well all year,' Buckingham states modestly.

Buckingham has a busy summer sailing schedule, currently he is on his way to Weymouth, England for the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta, he will also sail Laser North Americans, Laser U.S. Nationals and he will represent Georgetown University and College Sailing at the World University Games this summer. Buckingham so far plans to make sailing his full-time job, as most Olympic campaigns are.

The winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for best overall collegiate team was Boston College. The Fowle trophy is determined by the team with the most Fowle points that are compiled results of the Women's Singlehanded, Men's Singlehanded, ICSA Match Racing, Women's Dinghy, Team Racing, and Coed Dinghy North American Championships.

In the fall Boston College finished second in the 2010-2011 Laser Performance/ICSA Women’s Singlehanded Championship, first in the ICSA Match Racing Championship, and in the spring they just finished eleventh in the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championship, second in the APS/ICSA Team Race National Championship and finally first in the Gill/ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship. This is the third time Boston College has achieved this honor recently; they won it in 2010 and 2008.

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 US SAILING (1992-1994), and former chair of the US SAILING Olympic Committee. This year’s winner was Robert Vann (Tampa, FL.), a graduating senior from the U.S. Naval Academy. Vann has been named an ICSA Honorable Mention All-American three times (2009, 2010, 2011) and has shown outstanding sportsmanship in his collegiate sailing career.

The James Rousmaniere Award for Student Leadership was awarded to Georgetown’s graduating senior Michael Campbell. This honor is awarded annually to an undergraduate who has provided outstanding leadership to his or her team or district. Campbell is from San Diego, California and has been known to educate others about sailing and dedicate himself to the betterment of others. He has been a leader on his team and in his district contributing to improving college sailing as a whole.

The Women’s All-Americans were announced earlier at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s Dinghy National Championship banquet as well as the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year. The finalists for this award were Annie Haeger, a junior from Boston College and Megan Magill, a senior from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Although both women had an outstanding year of college sailing, Haeger was named the winner. See below for full results.

2011 ICSA ALL AMERICA TEAM

ALL-AMERICAN CREWS
Junior College of Charleston Alyssa Aitken
Senior Yale Blair Belling
Senior Harvard Quincy Bock
Senior Yale Elizabeth Brim
Senior Stanford Hannah Burroughs
Junior College of Charleston Perry Emsiek
Junior Georgetown Rebecca Evans
Senior Brown Sally Evans
Senior St. Mary's College of Maryland Madeline Jackson
Junior Hobart Christopher Klevan
Senior St. Mary's College of Maryland Frances Kupersmith
Junior US Naval Academy Saverio Maldari
Junior Boston College Emily Massa
Senior Boston College Emily Migliaccio
Senior Georgetown Ashley Philips
Senior St. Mary's College of Maryland Meredith Powlison
Junior Old Dominion Emily Reich
Junior Roger Williams Kelly Stannard
Senior Boston College Lucy Wallace
Senior Harvard Meghan Wareham

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN SKIPPERS
Senior Georgetown Scott Furnary
Senior US Naval Academy Clark Hayes
Senior South Florida Zack Marks
Junior Yale Joe Morris
Senior Harvard John Stokes
Senior US Naval Academy Robert Vann

ALL-AMERICAN SKIPPERS
Sophomore Roger Williams Alec Anderson
Senior College of Charleston Jackson Benvenutti
Senior Georgetown Charlie Buckingham
Senior Boston College Taylor Canfield
Sophomore College of Charleston Mac Mace
Senior St. Mary's College of Maryland Michael Menninger
Senior Harvard Alan Palmer
Senior Boston College Tyler Sinks
Senior Brown Fred Strammer
Senior Roger Williams Cy Thompson
Senior Hobart David Thompson

WOMEN’S HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN SKIPPERS
Sophomore Yale Emily Billing
Junior Brown Emily Dellenbaugh
Freshmen Yale Marlena Fauer
Senior University of Rhode Island Amy Hawkins
Junior Harvard Emily Lambert
Senior Boston College Emily Maxwell
Senior William Smith Caroline Patten
Senior Boston College Briana Provancha

WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICAN SKIPPERS
Senior Brown Elizabeth Barry
Junior Georgetown Sydney Bolger
Sophomore Connecticut College Atlantic Brugman
Sophomore Yale Claire Dennis
Junior Boston College Anne Haeger
Senior St. Mary’s College of MD Megan Magill
Senior Old Dominion University Stephanie Roble

Robert H. Hobbs Sportsman of the Year
Robert Vann, U.S. Naval Academy

Everett B. Morris College Sailor of the Year Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Charlie Buckingham, Georgetown University *
Taylor Canfield, Boston College
Michael Menninger, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Tyler Sinks, Boston College
Cy Thompson, Roger Williams University

Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year (in alphabetical order)
Anne Haeger, Boston College *
Megan Magill, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Nationals Website: 2011nationals.collegesailing.info

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more. The ICSA National Championships are sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com), Gill North America (www.gillna.com), and US SAILING (home.ussailing.org).