The San Jacinto College Maritime program hosted the 2019 Maritime Throwdown Competition Houston Regional Qualifier. The annual industrial maritime line-handling and line-throwing skills competition was created to increase skill and safety while showcasing the maritime industry to the public.
The qualifier featured San Jac maritime students and industry professionals from six different maritime companies all competing for the best time in various obstacles simulating situations in the field. Prizes included a brand new 4X4 ATV and more than $15,000 for winners who qualified for the finals in May 2020 in St. Louis, Mo., at the Inland Marine Expo (IMX).
The 2019 winners include: Aim challenge- Smalls Whitaker, Cheryl K Marine, winning the longest throw in distance caught with a single-part line; Line handling course- first place, Stephen Conner, NGL Marine; and second place, Smalls Whitaker; and overall best time, Grant Seibolt, San Jac sophomore maritime student, who finished third overall in the throwdown.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.
The annual industrial maritime line-handling and line-throwing skills competition was created to increase skill and safety while showcasing the maritime industry to the public.