Athletics News

GW Looks to Make Smoke on the Water in Opening Weekend

Head Coach John Pearce leads the Colonials in his fourth year at the helm.
Sept. 10, 2015 After a historic season of firsts in 2014-15 that saw GW Sailing achieve first-ever rankings in both coed and women’s national polls, and culminated in a 13th place finish in the program’s first-ever appearance at women’s nationals, the team begins anew in 2015-16 this weekend at multiple regattas.

"The team is very excited to start the 2015 fall season with four regattas within MAISA (Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association),” said Head Coach John Pearce, who be sending a total of 20 sailors to the various regattas.

Juniors Brendan Shanahan and Dan DelBello will be competing at the Laser South Regatta at Navy, while sophomore Taylor Brimberg, and freshmen Sarah Alexander and Riley Legault will sail in Navy’s Radial Open.

"The singlehanded regattas at Navy are always a strength for our team, and serve as a warm up for the championship singlehanded regattas later in the season,” said Pearce. “All of our laser sailors are excited to work towards qualifying for the ICSA Singlehanded Championships at the end of the season, where Brendan finished 9th last year."

Two teams of GW sailors will be competing at the Cornell Fall Open, with sophomores Kai Friesecke and Sam White skippering, crewed by freshmen Mercedes McPhee and Alexandra Fayer, respectively, for the Colonials. GW’s second team at Cornell, the Buff and Blue, will be skippered by freshmen Andrew Sheerin and Derek Poon Tip, with sophomores Belle Strachan and Shira Golub crewing.

At the Riley Cup at Old Dominion, two additional GW teams will compete. The Colonials’ A Division boat will feature the freshmen tandem of Wade Wagner and Alexandra DelBello, while sophomore skipper Riley Engelberger and junior co-captain Madison Oleson will race in B Division.

Junior Colin Kennedy will skipper the A Division Buff and Blue entry at the Riley Cup, crewed by freshman Emma Mendenhall, while senior co-captain Jay Spector skippers the B Division boat with freshman Marie Line acting as crew.

"The regattas at Cornell and Old Dominion are our first opportunity to sail against many of our MAISA rivals, and we have two teams competing at each event,” noted Pearce. “Many of our freshmen are sailing in their first collegiate regattas, so this is extremely valuable experience early in their college sailing careers."