Sailing Wraps Busy Weekend

March 5, 2018

The GW sailing team had a busy and successful weekend as it hosted the GW Team Race at the Washington Sailing Marina, while also dedicating a boat to former head coach John Pearce and hosting their senior banquet on Saturday evening. Additionally, the Colonials were in competition at the Old Dominion Spring Women's, where they took a second-place finish.

Though sailing was canceled on Saturday, as historic blowout tides took most of the water out of the Potomac River, the program celebrated Pearce with a boat dedication Saturday afternoon. The first head coach for GW sailing, Pearce architected a top-10 program in his four years at the helm, leading the Colonials to their first conference championships during the 2015-16 campaign. Saturday evening, GW celebrated its nine seniors with a banquet.

"It was a great weekend for GW sailing," said head coach Billy Martin. "It was great to have all the parents and family members in town for the banquet; I appreciate the generosity of all the parents, in particular the Brimbergs for making the boat dedication happen. It was just really nice to have John Pearce back in town. It was great to honor the seniors at the banquet Saturday night. They've shown great leadership this year, and I'm excited to see how far they can take us this semester."

GW TEAM RACE (2nd of 6)

The Colonials finished with a 4-1 record, falling only to Georgetown while defeating Fordham, Kings Point, St. Mary's and Virginia. Six Colonials were in action despite the limited racing, with Kai Friesecke, Derek Poon-Tip and Andrew Sheerin serving as skippers, and Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan and Matt Homa as crews.



"On Sunday, the breeze was strong but manageable and we ended up getting a single round robin in," said Martin. "In their first team race event, we raced really solid. We made some mistakes, but at the end of the day, we took second, which was really good for our first regatta of the year. With this being part of the qualifying series to get into the Prosser, which is our team race championship, it's great to get points early on."

ODU WOMEN'S (2nd of 10)

Behind third-place finishes in both A and B Divisions, the Colonials took second place with 60 points, behind Georgetown (44) and ahead of host Old Dominion (82) and St. Mary's (82).

"We had a really good showing coming in second," said Martin. "They didn't sail Saturday because of weather but got nine races in Sunday. We had a younger group here. We had Riley Legault and Tanner Chapko finish third in A Division and Aitana Mendiguren and Sarah Noyes finish third in B Division. It was good to see the young guns get some good experience at a tough event."

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