Colonial of the Week - GW Sailing's Brendan Shanahan
Sophomore is First GW Sailor to Earn ICSA Nationals Bid in 50 Years
Hometown: Tierra Verde, FL
High School: Shorecrest
Sophomore Brendan Shanahan finished runner-up at the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship on Sunday to earn the GW sailing program's first ICSA National Championship berth since 1954.
By virtue of his top-four finish in Annapolis, Shanahan has qualified to compete at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Men's Singlehanded National Championship hosted by Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington from Nov. 7-9.
It marks the Colonials' first bid to an ICSA National Championship since 1954 when the then club program placed fifth in the coed competition. It also continues the upward trajectory of the third-year varsity program which garnered its first-ever national ranking at No. 20 in the coed ranks on Sept. 25. Shanahan is the third GW sailor to receive Colonial of the Week recognition this fall after freshman Kai Friesecke and senior Henry Young shared the honor on Sept. 15.
After opening with ninth- and 17th-place finishes in Saturday's first two races, Shanahan won three of the next four and placed in the top-five in nine of the event's final 12 races en route to 77 points and a runner-up showing behind Georgetown's Nevin Snow (60 points).