Christian Brothers Academy Sailing has advanced to the Atlantic Coast Championship, considered the fall season's top high school regatta in the nation.
The Colts finished fourth at this past weekend's Mid-Atlantic District Championship in Norfolk, Virginia to qualify for the "ACCs." The fourth place finish represents CBA's highest finish at the Districts, which is comprised of schools from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
CBA saw nice performances from both their A Division and B Division teams. Senior captain Joe LaForgia and freshman John Cocozza finished fifth overall in the A Division, while junior Michael Ehnot and sophomore Ryan Mullins took third in the B Division. Senior captain Chris Magno and sophomore Justin Modin rounded out CBA's team at the event.
The Colts remained in the top five throughout the entire event, barely missing out on a third place finish as the Christchurch School (VA) edged out CBA.
The ACCs will take place in Rochester, New York at the Rochester Yacht Club. Schools from the New England, Midwest, South Atlantic, Southeast, Pacific Coast and Northwest Districts will also be in attendance. Since the Interscholastic Sailing Association holds the National Championship in the spring season, the ACCs is the highest national team event of the fall season.
Christian Brothers last- and only- qualification for the ACCs came back in 2010.
The Colts will now have a little under a month to prep for the championship, with just one more New Jersey regatta on the schedule- the Turkey Bowl Annual Regatta on November 5th.