ASU holds its own in Long Beach

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Sophomore Steve Cassingham and freshman Kendall Valsvik sailing upwind.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Sun Devils maintained their place in the middle of the pack for their last regatta of the season under challenging conditions on the California coast. Arizona State University Sailing Club placed 14 out of 25 in the PCCSC South 5 Regatta just ahead of California State University at Long Beach and University of California at Davis. Stanford and the University of Southern California teams took the top two spots. The regatta was hosted by the University Southern California and the United States Sailing Center, Long Beach on March 24 and 25.

There were 10 races run over the course of two days. On Saturday, the competition was held on the ocean off of Belmont Pier. The weather was slightly overcast with a breeze of 7 to 9 knots. The conditions were completely different for Sunday with rain and winds averaging 15 knots with gusts over 20 which made it difficult to keep the boats upright. Due to these conditions, the races were moved to the inside of Alamitos Bay for the day.

Sophomore Steve Cassingham and freshman Kendall Valsvik racing head to head with junior Mike Garrigan and freshman Chad Hardgrove.

There were 25 boats entered among 17 colleges and universities. At the regatta, nine sailors represented ASU with two boats entered. The varsity skippers were sophomore Spenser Branch and junior Mike Garrigan with crews freshmen Jennifer Brandon and Chad Hargrove. The B varsity division, skippered by Garrigan, placed 13 and the A division, skippered by Branch, placed 16. The junior varsity boat placed 19 and was skippered by sophomores Austin Hodges and Steve Cassingham with crews freshman Kyle McManus, freshman Kendall Valsvik and senior Chris Buccola. For full results, click here.

The next regatta will be the Frosh/Soph Regatta hosted by UC San Diego on October 6 and 7.

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