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College Sailors of the Year and All-American Sailing Team
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Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association News

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 honours 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

No ALT tag specifiedThe 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 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 was celebrating again yesterday after winning the men's 470 class at Kieler Woche in Germany with his 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

No ALT tag specifiedAnna 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 Single-handed 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 Single-handed 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 via the website below.

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.)

Jan Harley (As Amended by ISAF), Images: Dan Nerney/Rolex
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