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College Sailing Honors

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) has announced the members of its 2004/2005 ICSA/Ronstan All-America Sailing Team. Also named were the College Sailor of the Year, Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy for the all-around best college team. The ICSA All-American honors are awarded to competitors who demonstrated outstanding performance in competition during the college sailing year (fall and spring seasons) just concluded. A panel of representatives from each of the seven ICSA districts reviews each sailor’s individual results and sailors are named to the team as All-Americans, Women’s All-Americans and/or All-American Crews. Their names will be added to the permanent ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.).

College Sailor of the Year – Mikee Anderson-Mitterling
The Everett B. Morris Trophy, presented annually to the College Sailor of the Year, has been awarded to University of Southern California junior Mikee Anderson-Mitterling (San Diego, Calif.), who was also named an All-American for the third year running. Highlights of his sailing year include placing second at the ICSA Sloop North Americans, and, sailing in A-Division, finishing second at the St Francis Intersectional, first at the Navy Fall Intersectional, third at the ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship and first at the Thompson Trophy which USC went on to win.

“The most memorable performance was the Thompson Cup,” said Anderson-Mitterling, “because we were doing so horribly on the first day, and the second day we turned it on and closed a 25-point gap to win A-Division. We also won the Navy Fall Regatta by about 25 points.

“I’m actually surprised I won this award, but I guess the formula for points worked in my favor,” said Anderson-Mitterling, with a nod to a few others whom he thinks could have handily won. “It’s really cool. It’s the one thing that you sail for in college, but I was really using college sailing as a platform for the Olympics. It’s a great addition to my resume — it’s that extra thing that says I’ve really worked hard at something and been rewarded for it.”

Anderson-Mitterling is currently in Kiel, Germany, training and racing with his 470 Olympic crew and fellow San Diegan David Hughes. “Our schedule is quite active,” said Anderson-Mitterling. “Out of our three months off this summer, we will be sailing for two and three-quarters of a month.”

Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year – Anna Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) has been named the 2005 Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year — an annual award to the female skipper who has compiled the best overall sailing record for the academic year. The Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) graduating senior was also named an ICSA/Ronstan Women’s All-American for the third consecutive year.

Tunnicliffe had a standout performance at the ICSA/Vanguard North American Women’s Singlehanded Championship where she won 11 of 16 races to claim that championship crown. As an A-Division skipper she also finished first at the Dellenbaugh Trophy, the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship, and the ICSA North American Women’s Championship.

“Winning this award is a great honor,” said Tunnicliffe. “It shows that I’ve put a lot of hard work in, and it makes me feel that the work was worthwhile. My sailing team at ODU became my family – and my coach Mitch Brindley is the best I’ve ever had. He taught me so much about myself and my sailing that I would not be nearly as good as I am without having sailed here at ODU.”

Tunnicliffe has begun an Olympic campaign in the Laser Radial and plans to train in Virginia through the end of August before moving permanently to Fort Lauderdale to facilitate her training. Several trips to Europe this summer will include Germany (Kiel Week), Croatia (Europeans) and Turkey (World University Games). She will also sail in the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship this September in Annapolis.

“I definitely get my competitiveness from my parents,” said Tunnicliffe. “My dad is a competitive sailor; my mom is a competitive marathoner. My Olympic progression, however, is something I’ve wanted for myself.”

Sportsman of the Year – JM Modisette
The Robert H. Hobbs Trophy for the Outstanding Sportsman of the Year was awarded to MIT graduating senior JM Modisette (Penobscot, Maine), who had previously been elected the Outstanding Sportsman of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association two years in a row by his fellow sailors.

“JM is the type of sailor against whom everyone wants to compete,” said Harvard sailing coach Mike O’Connor (Foxboro, Mass.). “He has always competed at a very high level and conducted himself in the finest manner. He is the type of student-athlete that makes our sport competitive and fun.”

A prime example of Modisette’s sportsmanship occurred during the 2005 New England Championships that qualified the top-four finishing schools to go to on to the grand finale of the college sailing year: the ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship. In the first race of the series, in 20-35 knots of wind, Modisette dropped his tiller after rounding the leeward mark. Not knowing whether he hit the mark — an infraction that requires a 360 penalty turn — he peeled off and did the penalty turn, losing six or seven boats in the process. It was the difference in MIT qualifying for the North Americans — they finished sixth. “JM would rather play by the rules and keep everyone’s respect,” said MIT Varsity Sailing Coach Mike Kalin (Boston, Mass.). “He is very competitive, started varsity all four years, and not only did his level of ability get better, but he made everyone around him better. He kept everyone on track, recruited for MIT, and he will be sorely missed.”

Although Modisette spent his early years in Southern California, his first sailing experience was on the chilly waters of Maine. After time in the junior program at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, Calif.), at age 10 he moved to Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Balboa, Calif.) because all the better sailors were going into 420s through that program. The family relocated to Maine and Modisette sailed throughout high school for George Stevens Academy (Blue Hill) which qualified in his junior year for the 2000 Interscholastic Sailing Association High School Nationals being held, coincidentally, at MIT, which he had already expressed interest in attending.

Modisette will return to MIT this fall to pursue a masters degree in aeronautical engineering after spending a good portion of the summer aboard Cahoots, a 43 footer that will compete in the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

“Trying to be a nice person pays off in the end,” he said of winning this award. “My dad always told me the most important thing about sailing is having fun and enjoying what you are doing.”

Fowle Memorial Trophy – Harvard University
The Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy, recognizing the year’s best all-around performance, determined by points accumulated at ICSA North American championships, has been awarded to Harvard University for the fifth consecutive year.

Last fall, Crimson sailors Sloan Devlin (Mystic, Conn.) and Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.) both finished second at the ICSA/Vanguard North American Singlehanded Championships (women and men’s, respectively). This spring Harvard was seventh at the ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship, fourth at the ICSA/Layline North American Team Race Championship (last year tied for sixth), and the winner of the ICSA North American Women’s Championship (having finished second last year).

“I am very proud of the effort put forth by our entire team over the past year,” said Mike O’Connor (Foxboro, Mass.), Harvard’s Head Sailing Coach. “Our team has been able to maintain a level of efficiency in our training that keeps us competitive in a range of conditions and disciplines and we feel very fortunate to have won the Fowle Trophy over such an impressive group of teams.”

A full listing of the 2004/2005 ICSA/RONSTAN All-America Sailing Team follows. More information on ICSA can be found at

2005 COLLEGE SAILOR OF THE YEAR The Everett B. Morris Trophy
Mikee Anderson-Mittlerling (Coronado, Calif.) — University of Southern California ’06

2005 Quantum Female College Sailor of The Year
Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) — Old Dominion University ’05

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR The Robert H. Hobbs Trophy
JM Modisette (Penobscot, Maine) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’05

TEAM OF THE YEAR The Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy
Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)


ICSA/Ronstan Coed All-American Skippers
Mikee Anderson-Mitterling (Coronado, Calif.) – University of Southern California ‘06
Zachary Brown (San Diego, Calif.) – Yale University ’08
Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) – Georgetown University ’06
Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.) – Yale University ’06
Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.) – Harvard University ’07
Justin Law (Newport Beach, Calif.) – St. Mary’s College ’07
Stuart McNay (Newton, Mass.) – Yale University ’05
Trevor Moore (North Pomfret, Vt.) – Hobart/William Smith Colleges ’07
Patrick Rynne (Scituate, Mass.) – Brown University ’05
Erick Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) – Dartmouth College ’07
John Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) – Hobart/William Smith Colleges ’05
Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) – Old Dominion University ’05

ICSA/Ronstan Coed Honorable Mention:
Scott DeCurtis (Redondo Beach, Calif.) – University of Hawaii ’07
Charles Enright (Bristol, R.I.) – Brown University ’07
Ben Gent (Wellesley, Mass.) – Boston College ’05
Bryan Lake (San Diego, Calif.) – University of Hawaii ’05
Lee Sackett (Mentor, Ohio) – Hobart/William Smith Colleges ’05
JM Modisette (Penobscot, Maine) – MIT ’05
Kevin Reali (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – University of South Florida ’06
David Siegal (Dartmouth, Mass.) – Tufts University ’06
Scott Stanton (Christiansted, USVI) – Texas A&M ’07
Harrison Turner (Los Angeles, Calif.) – University of Southern California ’05
Frank Tybor (Coronado, Calif.) – UC/Irvine ’07
Andrew Watters (Oxford, Md.) – St. Mary’s College ’07

ICSA/Ronstan Women All-Americans
Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.) – Yale University ’06
Anne Davidson (Madison, Conn.) – Brown University ’05
Sloan Devlin (Mystic, Conn.) – Harvard University ‘06
Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) – College of Charleston ’06
Genny Tulloch (Houston, Texas) – Harvard University ’05
Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) – Old Dominion University ’05
Sara Wilkinson (Gautier, Miss.) – College of Charleston ’05
Caroline Young (Tampa, Fla.) – Stanford University ’07

ICSA/Ronstan Women’s Honorable Mention
Anne Bowen (Annapolis, Md.) – College of Charleston ’05
Emily East (Fairhope, Ala.) – Dartmouth College ’06
Blaire Herron (Coronado, Calif.) – Georgetown University ’08
Emily Hill (Miami, Fla.) – Yale University ’07
Katie Lovelace (Greenwich, Conn.) – Brown University ’07
Lauren Padilla (Grosse Point Park, Mich.) – Dartmouth College ’05
Adrienne Patterson (Newport Beach, Calif.) – St. Mary’s College ’08

ICSA/Ronstan All-American Crew
Emily Bartlett (Annapolis, Md.) – Old Dominion University ’08
Dorothee Bergin (Wellesley, Mass.) – Georgetown University ’05
Arlene Chung (Murrysville, Penn.) – Brown University ’06
Christina Dahlman (Chevy Chase, Md.) – Harvard University ’07
Vanessa Decollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) – University of Southern California ’07
Paige Hannon (Plymouth, Mich.) – St. Mary’s College ’05
Sarah Himmelfarb (Falmouth, Maine) – Yale University ’06
Jenn Hoyle (Manchester, Mass.) – Yale University ’05
Clementine James (Easton, Md.) – Dartmouth College ’05
Elisabeth Kreter (Severna Park, Md.) – Dartmouth College ’05
Meredith Killion (Branford, Conn.) – Yale University ’05
Caroline LaMotte (Oxford, Md.) – Georgetown University ’07
Susan Lintern (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) – College of Charleston ’06
Joy MacDougall (Waterford, Conn.) – Boston College ’05
Amanda Markee (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) – Hobart/William Smith Colleges ’07
Augusta Nadler (Marion, Mass.) – Hobart/William Smith Colleges ’06
Melanie Roberts (San Diego, Calif.) – University of Southern California ’07
Louise Sherman (Tiburon, Calif.) – Brown University ’05
Emily Simon (Oak Brook, Ill.) – Harvard University ’07
Hilary Wiech (St. Michael’s, Md.) – St. Mary’s College ’07

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