Athletics News

Colonials of the Week - GW Sailing Team

April 25, 2016

The George Washington sailing team successfully defended its conference title from last fall by winning the MAISA Women's Championship on Sunday. The No. 14 Colonials outpaced No. 7 Georgetown along with No. 5 St. Mary's and the rest of the MAISA field, in the process qualifying for nationals which will be held May 24-27 in San Diego.

Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan, India Johnstone and Emma Mendenhall led GW to a third-place finish in A Division while Hannah McNomee, Madison Oleson and Kia Olsson delivered a first-place finish in B Division, to give GW the title.

GW, which led for much of the competition, had to hold off a number of competitors. The Colonials narrowly trailed host Hobart & William Smith Colleges after race 9A, but a win by McNomee and Oleson in race 9B put GW back on top for good.

Coach John Pearce cited the team's extraordinary depth both in practice and at regattas as a chief reason for GW's success.