Traveling around the mid-Atlantic became the norm for Christian Brothers Academy Sailing during this school year.
Unsurprisingly, they finished the spring season in Hampton, Virginia at the Phebe King National Invitational Regatta on June 4 and 5, sailing against schools from eight different states.
After getting off to a slow start on Saturday, the Colts had a great Sunday of finishes, climbing the standings and finishing third overall when it was all said and done. It marks the second straight year that CBA has finished in the top-three of this National Invitational.
In A Division, it was senior skipper Ryan Ehnot who finished six of his nine races in the top-three, with no score worse than seventh in the 18-boat fleet. Junior Bryce Vitiello, sophomore Mitchell Hnatt and senior Connor Feury were Ehnot's teammates in A Division, finishing fourth overall in that division.
Senior skipper Colin Guerrera won two races on Sunday during CBA's late surge, contributing to a fifth place finish overall in B Division. Junior Nick Cunha, junior Noah Kuzloski and freshman Kyle Lombardino joined Guerrera in B Division.
The strong finish at the National Invitational wrapped up a school year where CBA won five of eight weekend regattas, between the fall and spring, that were held at home in Toms River. In the regattas that the Colts did not win, they were the runner-up in all three.
After winning the 2021 Fall Series, Christian Brothers also won the 2022 Spring Series, which consisted of six Wednesday afternoon race days.
As the clear top overall team in New Jersey, six sailors were named all-state selections by the New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association, tying the most-ever selections from one school. Ehnot and Guerrera were first team all-state skippers, while Hnatt and Cunha were picked as first team all-state crews. Vitiello and Kuzloski were named second team all-state skippers.
Ehnot was chosen as the New Jersey Co-Ed Sailor of the Year for the second straight school year. He is the second CBA sailor to win the state's top award. Hnatt was voted as the New Jersey Crew of the Year, which recognizes the top sailor in the crew position. He is the third CBA sailor to earn this award.