Harvard sailing has celebrated 93 All-Americans in the program's history (Office of Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Recent Harvard graduates Sydney Karnovsky '16 and Andrew Mollerus '16 have received Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-America honors, the association recently announced.
Karnovsky earned her first All-America accolade as a crew, while Mollerus' selection came as a skipper. The duo teamed up for much of the 2015-16 season, twice receiving New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Coed Sailor of the Week honors and being named All-NEISA first team. Karnovsky and Mollerus averaged a fifth-place finish throughout the fall and spring seasons, including seven top-five results out of 12 regattas raced together.
Karnovsky was also the recipient of NEISA's Babineau Trophy this year, given annually to the best crew of the year. Mollerus, meanwhile, received one of two Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarships from Harvard Athletics for his combination of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.
To select an All-American skipper, the committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in inter-conference competition as well as conference and national championships. The committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, and results achieved competing with different crews, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in past years.
For All-American crew selections, the committee uses criteria similar to skipper selection, but also considers: demonstrated leadership (may consider seniority), outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails.