The “Class of COVID-19” high school seniors did not know their last day of school would be in mid-March and most are “stuck” at home with parents. So good news about the future of our high schoolers is always welcome. Junior sailor Grace Squires is heading to the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina to start as a freshman in the fall. Grace was the 2017 recipient of Hoover’s Ripple Award and she has proudly represented Hoover at local, regional and national regattas.
Grace will graduate soon from Thomas Worthington High School with honors and has been the Captain of the TWHS high school sailing team several times. With her help, Thomas won the Ohio High School Fall Series and many regattas. Other sailing highlights include; Top Optimist U.S. Girl at CORK (Canada), Thistle LE Fall Series Junior Champ, 2016 I-LYA Traveler Series Optimist Champ, 2017 I-LYA Traveler Series C420 Champ and placing in the top five at the I-LYA Junior Championship (Bay Week) for two years.
The College of Charleston Sailing Team is one of the best intercollegiate sailing programs in the country. The team competes in the SAISA (South Atlantic) conference of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America. What is the Hoover connection? Another famous Hoover Fisher, Greg Fisher, is a former All-American and world-renown sailor who was the director of sailing at the College of Charleston until just a couple of years ago. Greg churned out many sailing titles for the C of C Cougars; including the Fowle Trophy four times, awarded the best all-around college sailing team in the country. Greg has served in many other leadership roles fostering sailing, including as a sailmaker and Chief Operations Officer for U.S. Olympic Sailing. Pond sailors rule!
Grace hopes to try out for the Varsity College of Charleston Sailing Team, which is extremely competitive, so keep your fingers crossed for her!
To learn more about the College of Charleston Sailing visit sailing.cofc.edu.