GW Sailing Handles Wind, Improves to 12th at Charleston Intersectional

Freshman Maria Sinagra skippered her boat to eighth place in the B Division as GW finished 12th at the College of Charleston Coed Spring Intersectional on Sunday.

Feb. 17, 2013

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The George Washington sailing team climbed three spots from its Day 1 position to finish in 12th place at the College of Charleston Coed Spring Intersectional on Sunday.

The Colonials were in 15th place after five races on Saturday, but improved three positions in three windy races on Sunday for a 12th-place total of 181 points at the competitive 18-team spring-opening regatta. Host and third-ranked College of Charleston won the event with 58 points, while a second Cougars' team totaled 70 points for runner-up honors. The top 10 was comprised of Navy (87 points), Coast Guard (107), Wisconsin (109), Salve Regina (124), Old Dominion (141), Stanford (150), Georgetown (156) and Georgia Tech (156).

GW was edged by 11th-place Eckerd (158) and finished ahead of Providence (186), Christopher Newport (190), Wesleyan (191), UC Santa Barbara (203), USF (209) and Clemson (289).

Freshman skipper Maria Sinagra teamed with sophomore Matthew Ricci and senior Richard Sant to finish in 8th place in B Division with 69 points. Sinagra and Ricci piloted GW to a pair of top 10 finishes through Saturday's opening four races in moderate winds, peaking at seventh in Race 4. Sant joined Sinagra for the final four races as a cold front brought increased winds and the duo posted three top 10's, including a third-place showing in Race 6.

Senior skipper Ian Conners and senior crews Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussmann amassed 112 points to place 16th in A Division. Conners and Kussman teamed for fourth place in Race 6.



"We showed some good technique today and moved up three positions mostly due to better fitness and preparations for windy conditions," said head coach John Pearce. "It was definitely a step forward."

The Colonials will have two weeks to prepare for their next regatta - the Old Dominion Spring Open on March 2 and 3 in Norfolk, Va.

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