The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has named four St. Mary’s College of Maryland students to the 2015-16 All-American Team, recognizing them for outstanding achievement.
- ICSA Coed All-American Skipper:
- Alexander Curtiss ‘16 (Lake Bluff, Ill)
- ICSA All-American Crew:
- Shelby Jacobs ‘17 (South Toms River, NJ)
- Mariah Leffingwell ’16 (Easton, MD)
- ICSA Honorable Mention Women’s All-American Skipper:
- Carolyn Smith ’17 (Newport Beach, CA)
This is the second consecutive year Alexander Curtiss was named Coed All-American Skipper and Mariah Leffingwell was named All-American Crew.
“I am extremely proud of these four student-athletes,” said Head Varsity Sailing Coach Adam Werblow. “But rest assured, while these four sailors are amongst the best of the best in this country, they would be the first to tell you this recognition should also go to the hard work of their fabulous teammates pushing them to achieve each and every day in our practices on the St. Mary’s River.”
According to ICSA, selections for All-American skippers are determined by reviewing a competitor’s record and how that record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, the 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.
ICSA selects crews using a criteria similar to skippers but also considers: demonstrated leadership, outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills, as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper with whom he or she sails.
It’s been a summer of recognition for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland sailing team as Director of Sailing Bill Ward was named the 2016 Coach of the Year by Sail1Design in June.
In 2015, Werblow was inducted into the ICSA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport of college sailing. He has been head coach of the St. Mary’s College sailing team for 27 seasons. During his tenure, the team has amassed 15 national titles, while Seahawk sailors have earned over 150 individual All-America honors.