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Immaculata-La Salle wins national sailing championship

Royal Lions become first team from south Florida to win the prestigious Baker Trophy

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team celebrate after winning their first national championship, the Baker Team Racing National Championship, in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022.

Photographer: COURTESY

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team celebrate after winning their first national championship, the Baker Team Racing National Championship, in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022.

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team say a prayer before competing in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022, for the Baker Team Racing National Championship.

Photographer: COURTESY

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team say a prayer before competing in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022, for the Baker Team Racing National Championship.

HOUSTON | They’re going for two and already got one: national championship, that is.

Immaculata-La Salle’s Royal Lions became the first team from south Florida — and only the second team from Florida — to win the prestigious Baker Trophy for the Team Race National Championship.

The Interscholastic Sailing Association’s national high school sailing championship took place in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022. Twelve teams qualified from their respective districts around the country, representing over 600 high schools’ sailing programs.

This was Immaculata-La Salle’s first appearance in the national championship, and the competition was top notch with schools from California, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas, and Michigan.

The first day of competition consisted of a full round-robin format, with each team sailing against the other 11 schools for a total of 66 races. Immaculata-La Salle ended the day on top with 11 wins and only 1 loss.

The finals format featured a Gold round of the top four teams. The Royal Lions finished that round 2-1 for a final record of 12-2.

In team racing, each team sails three boats against three boats from another high school.

Congratulations to Immaculata-La Salle High School sailors Justin Callahan, Mitchell Callahan, Umi Noritake, Danny Riano, Brianna Ross, Caroline Caudron, Holland Ramos and Jadin Gonzalez.

Next stop for the team: the Mallory Fleet Racing National Championship in San Diego on June 4-5.

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team and their coach, Maru Urban, in white, pose with their medals after winning their first national championship, the Baker Team Racing National Championship, in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022.

Photographer: COURTESY

Immaculata-La Salle's sailing team and their coach, Maru Urban, in white, pose with their medals after winning their first national championship, the Baker Team Racing National Championship, in Houston, Texas, the weekend of May 21-22, 2022.