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Tars Eye Championship Berth with Jacksonville Results

Tars Eye Championship Berth with Jacksonville Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2019) - Coming off of a practice week highlighted by two good sessions with pro sailor Joey Mello, early on March 9, the Rollins Tars left the friendly confines of Lake Virginia for collegiate sailing competition with Florida's top schools.

Leading the Tars were skippers Cooper Anderson and Ryan O'Donnell, and crews Fernando Herrera and Nico Ladino.

In Jacksonville, the St. Johns River was its usual brew of twisting currents.

Competition was tough with the field comprised of the seven universities and colleges with the seven best records in Florida.

Rollins finished the day ranked seventh at the regatta which moved the Tars into seventh place in their division behind Florida State.  The top six teams will qualify for the conference championship in April.

This event was Rollins' fifth regatta of the spring, and with plenty of sailing ahead this spring, Rollins looks to be on pace to set a new team mark for most spring regattas sailed in a season.

During the event junior Ryan O'Donnell competed as skipper for the first time in a SAISA regatta , and freshman Nico Ladino made his debut in SAISA competition as crew in B-division.

Enroute to the regatta, the team joked that their van should have been nicknamed "sick bay" since virtually everyone aboard had a cold. "Despite that," said Coach Herbster, "each of these guys gave all they had to and represent our team and our school. Gotta be proud of them."

Looking ahead with just two points regattas left on the SAISA schedule, on March 16, the Tars head to the calendar's next regatta at University of Florida's home waters on Lake Wauberg.

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