Over the years, competitive sailing has become more and more popular among high school and college students. More schools across the state are offering sailing programs and students are jumping at the opportunity to get out on the water.
Christine Moloney, a Glenwood native and first-year student at Hobert and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, took up the sport of competitive sailing with great success and continues to add to her sailing resume.
Growing up, Maloney’s parents were big into sailing and she has had experience around sailing her entire life. She then went on to Nichols High School in Buffalo and started competitive sailing. She was the captain of the Nichols sailing team from 2011-2013.
“I just love to get out there and have fun with all my friends,” said Moloney. “Its just so much fun to get out and enjoy the water.”
But she didn’t just limit herself to sailing at Nichols; she was also a member of the alpine skiing, field hockey and crew teams.
This season, Maloney has had good success in her first year at HWS. She finished 11th in the B Division of the Navy Women’s Regatta and helped the team finish fifth overall. She also finished fifth in the B Division of the North Fall No. 2.
In the biggest regatta of the year, Moloney and the rest of her teammates at HWS went to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association National Women’s semifinals and then eventually the finals in Annapolis, Md. In the semifinals on May 27-28, HWS squeaked in grabbing the final qualifying spot and went on to the National Championship for the 15th straight year. In the finals on May 29-30, they finished seventh out of 18 teams. Maloney traveled as an alternate skipper to this event and even though she didn’t sail, the experience was unforgettable.
“It was exciting. . . and it was nerve-racking because we were the last team to qualify,” said Moloney. “Just being out there and looking at it all was a lot different than any normal regatta.”
To make her first season even better, she was also awarded the Christine Jurczak ’00 Coach’s Award, which is given to the most improved sailor on the team as voted by her teammates and coaches.
“It was a really cool feeling,” said Moloney. “It was very special to win this award in my first year because I worked really hard and always try to do my best and put in the most effort that I could and it was really rewarding to win this kind of award.”