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JC Hermus, Kimmie Leonard lead Navy sailing to victory in Team Race National Championship regatta

So, it was somewhat eye-opening when Burman declared the Midshipmen the clear-cut favorites going into the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship Wednesday and Thursday on the Severn River.

“Honestly, I don’t think there are too many teams that can beat us,” the 13th-year coach said when asked to assess the 12-team field.

As it turns out, Burman’s confidence was well placed. Juniors JC Hermus and Kimmie Leonard led the way as Navy dominated from start to finish in capturing the national championship in the team racing discipline Thursday. Senior Connor Bayless and junior Gray Benson were the other skippers for the Midshipmen, who won going away with an impressive 17-2 record.