The greatest athletes approach competition constantly anticipating their next challenge and their next move. In challenging current against the toughest teams in the nation, the Cougars excelled at predicting the best plays on the race course and keeping their focus, dethroning four-year reigning champions Yale and bringing the Walter C. Wood perpetual trophy back to Charleston. “Going into the final set, we knew that we had to win every race to have a chance to win this, because we would lose a tiebreaker against Georgetown. We went into every race acting like our back was against the wall and tried to come out on top of it. It ended up working out.” Says skipper Jack Cusick. Upon winning, Cusick grabbed his teammate, crew, and close friend, Chloe Dapp and dove into the water. The win held extra weight for the pair, recent graduates, who have been pursuing this award since being recruited to the College of Charleston in 2013. “By far Jack is the calmest person I’ve ever sailed with. It's usually super high intensity but we get along really well because we have been friends for such a long time,” says Dapp of her skipper.