Sailing’s Powers Garners National Sportsmanship Award; Palmer Earns All-America Mention

Sailing’s Powers Garners National Sportsmanship Award; Palmer Earns All-America Mention

Palmer and Powers were the Crimson's team captains in 2009-10 (photos courtesy Gil Talbot).

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MADISON, Wis.—Senior Liz Powers was the recipient of the Robert M. Hobbs Trophy, the top award for sportsmanship in all of college sailing, and junior Alan Palmer received All-America honorable mention at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s national banquet Thursday night.

The banquet wrapped up the 2010 ICSA Spring Nationals, hosted by Wisconsin on Lake Mendota. The 10-day event saw team captain Powers and the Harvard women’s team place seventh, while captain Palmer led the coed squad to a runner-up national finish.

The Hobbs Trophy was the second-to-last award of the evening and was presented to Powers for the positive attitude she brings to competition and her positive influence on teammates and competitors. It is the culmination of a season in which Powers earned All-New England honors and was named the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sportsman of the Year.

“She is one of the most positive, happy people you’ll ever meet, and she’s part of what makes college sailing fun,” says Crimson head coach Mike O’Connor. “It’s a matter of the manner in which she conducts herself every minute of her life. When she gets out of a van and walks into a facility for a regatta, everybody smiles.”

The award takes into account the consistent show of sportsmanship across a season. Competing at a high level on the race course and starting for a successful Harvard squad, Powers had many opportunities to display great sportsmanship. The Wellesley, Mass., native was a continual uplifting force for teammates and competitors.

Powers was not in attendance for the awards ceremony but received a standing ovation. Adam Werblow, head coach of St. Mary’s and chairman of the ICSA awards committee, told the crowd, “As anybody who has ever hosted Liz for a regatta, anybody who’s ever sailed against her, anybody who’s ever coached against her, anybody who’s ever had anything to do with Liz Powers can attest, Liz is a deserving recipient.”

Palmer completed an outstanding season by leading the Crimson to its highest national coed dinghy finish since 2003 and its first podium appearance since 2006. He sailed Harvard to a third-place finish in the A division in the championship regatta.

The Yarmouth, Maine native was previously named a second-team All-New England skipper. He and crew Meghan Wareham paced Harvard with a fourth-place finish in the A division at the ICSA semis, winning three races. They finished fifth in the A division at the New England Coed Dinghy Championship.

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