Sailing Team Wins 2023 National Team Racing Championship
Severn’s Sailing Team went undefeated at the May 20-21 National Championship Regatta, capturing first place and becoming the 2023 National Team Racing Champions.
This marks the first-ever Baker National Championship for the Admirals, who were bronze medal finishers in 2021 and 2022.
The National Championship Regatta was hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School, and races took place on Lake Minnetonka in Deephaven, MN. Teams raced C420’s for this national competition. Due to weather conditions, the competition was consolidated into one day, culminating with a double round-robin Final Four of the top two teams from each division. A total of 42 races were completed on Saturday, with Severn’s team remaining undefeated.
Severn’s team was skippered by Tom Sitzmann ’23, Robby Meek ’23 and Kyle Reinecke ’23. Crew members were Scarlett Harris ’24, Helena English ’24, Jed Lory ’23, Reese Corckran ’24 and Lilly Baker ’23. The Admirals topped the very competitive field by winning all 11 races for the day. Mater Dei High School (8-3) took silver, and The Hotchkiss School (6-5) captured the bronze.
“This is a true team achievement; not just for the sailors traveling to the event itself, but for our entire team," said Head Coach Tom Sitzmann. "They all contributed enormously in both tangible and intangible ways this season, and truly helped make this possible.”
“I think it’s hard to appreciate in the moment, especially as a young high school student, how special it is to win a national championship," added Sitzmann. "They certainly don’t come easy, and for many, they don’t come at all. So many ingredients are necessary: preparation, sacrifice, talent, work ethic, humility, grit, and of course bit of luck. What's even more impressive is that despite being behind in more than half of our races this weekend against the nation's very best, this team went undefeated. This is extremely rare at this level. So I am beyond happy that they will be able to cherish this forever.”
A total of 12 high school teams qualified to compete at Baker National, hailing from Maryland, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois and Florida, among other states. Full results can be found here.
The Severn Admirals will soon compete for another national title at the Mallory Doublehanded Championship, which will take place on June 3-4 in Toms River, NJ.
To see photos from the Baker National Championship, click here.