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Immaculata-La Salle sailors dominate at Charleston regatta

Immaculata-La Salle sailors pose for a photo after one of their wins at the College of Charleston's Invitational Regatta, held in Charleston, South Carolina, the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10. From left, Mitchell Callahan, Antonio Miranda, Justin Callahan, Brianna Ross, Chaira Kusmierek and Danny Riano.

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Immaculata-La Salle sailors pose for a photo after one of their wins at the College of Charleston's Invitational Regatta, held in Charleston, South Carolina, the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10. From left, Mitchell Callahan, Antonio Miranda, Justin Callahan, Brianna Ross, Chaira Kusmierek and Danny Riano.

MIAMI | Competing against 18 other sailing teams from around the East Coast and the Caribbean, Immaculata-La Salle’s varsity team wound up the overall winner in both Division A and B of the College of Charleston’s Invitational Regatta, held in Charleston, South Carolina, the weekend of Nov. 9 and 10.

The Royal Lions dominated the event with just 103 overall points and a 45-point lead over the second-place team from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sophomore Mitchell Callahan skippered the A boat while his brother and fellow sophomore, Justin Callahan, skippered the B boat. Both brothers accumulated the lowest point totals, winning each of their divisions for the second time this year.

Team members Antonio Miranda (’20), Chiara Kusmierek (’21), Brianna Ross (’22), and Danny Riano (’23) crewed for both the A and B boats, showing the team’s depth and flexibility.

Most notably, Justin Callahan won an impressive 12 of the 18 races with just 35 total points overall for an average score per race of 1.9, an incredible feat. The second-place finisher in his division had more than double that point value (76). Mitchell Callahan had the lowest overall point total for the A division and won three races with four second-place finishes and four third-place finishes for an average score per race of 3.8.

Over the two-day event, the regatta organizers completed all 18 races, constituting a full rotation of the 18 teams under a variety of conditions. A shifty northeasterly wind at 8-14 knots required the competitors to rely on excellent boat handling and tactical skills to respond quickly to the wind shifts and puffs.

The team will continue training hard and will next travel to Sarasota for its next district event Dec. 7.

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