GW Sailing Edges Pair of Ranked MAISA Rivals to Highlight Weekend
Colonials Finish Ahead of Two Ranked Teams at Navy Women's Intersectional
March 10, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. & ALEXANDRIA, Va. - GW sailing fared well against challenging fleets at the Navy Women's Intersectional and John Jackson Team Race hosted by Georgetown this past weekend.
GW amassed 304 points to finish 16th out of 20 teams at the Navy Women's Intersectional, an event highlighted by a trio of Top 3 finishes and a race victory for B Division sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney.
"We moved up a few spots with some great wind on Sunday," said Head Coach John Pearce. "We performed well and beat a few of our MAISA rivals, and overall fared well against a stacked fleet featuring 12 of the Top 15 women's teams in the nation."
No. 3 Yale won the event with 145 points, edging host and fifth-ranked Navy by seven points. GW finished ahead of ranked MAISA foes No. 11 Hobart and William Smith (306 points) and No. 13 Cornell (314).
Sinagra and Denney finished 14th with 150 points, highlighted by the stretch of three Top 3 finishes in five races, including a win in Race 6. The A Division of sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack finished 17th with 154 points with four Top 10s and a peak of sixth in the Race 12 finale.
At the John Jackson Team Race on the Potomac River at the Alexandria Sailing Marina, GW finished seventh out of eight teams with a 3-11 record, sweeping SUNY Maritime and collecting a win over Cornell on Sunday.
"We made lots of improvements in terms of our understanding of the strategy involved as team racing is new to all three freshman skippers," said Coach Pearce. Freshmen Daniel DelBello, Colin Kennedy and Brendan Shanahan piloted all 14 races, with senior Sarah McCormack, juniors Meagan Murphy and Matthew Ricci and sophomore Henry Young sharing crew duties.
GW now heads to Tampa, Fla., for four days of training during Spring Break before returning to action at a quartet of regattas next weekend, highlighted by the competitive St. Mary's Women's Intersectional in St. Mary's City, Md. "We're excited to work hard over Spring Break and keep this season going in right direction," said Coach Pearce.