GW Sailing Places 4th, 5th at Pair of Weekend Regattas
March 18, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The George Washington sailing team returned to action this weekend with a pair of regattas after spending a week honing their skills in Charleston, S.C., during spring break.
At the Christopher Newport University Women's Invite, GW placed fourth out of seven teams with 111 points, trailing first place Cornell's 63 points and a pair of teams from the host Captains with 76 points and 82 points. The Colonials beat out Columbia (134 points) and two teams from William & Mary (142 and 176 points) after 14 races.
The A Division freshman duo of Hannah McNomee and Alix Suter placed second with 43 points, including a win in Race 10 and five second-place showings. In B Division, four sailors combined for 68 points to finish in fifth place. Sophomore Madeline Taggart and senior Skye Kussmann sailed races 1-7 and senior Rebecca Engel and sophomore Meagan Murphy sailed races 8-14, with Taggart and Kussmann peaking at second place in Race 5.
At the Pirate Team Races, GW equaled Buffalo's 6-9 record, but was edged out by the Bulls on a head-to-head tiebreaker to finish in fifth in the six-team field. St. Mary's College (Md.) won 14 of 15 races to capture the event title, followed by Cornell (12-3) and Old Dominion (7-8). Over the three rounds of racing, the Colonials posted one victory each over the Seahawks, Big Red and Monarchs, and swept host Hampton each time.
"We had some good battles and did well against some of the better teams in some races," said head coach John Pearce. "Overall, I was pleased with that result. We had a good showing."
Coach Pearce hopes the full week of practice and competition translate well into the team's first qualifying regatta of the spring in two weeks. "Our spring break trip was really productive. It was perfect preparation for the (MAISA) South Spring Qualifier and I'm excited to see what we can do."
However, GW will have another weekend of dual regattas to prepare for the qualifier event with the MAISA/SAISA Interconference Regatta in Hampton, Va., and the Owen Trophy in Annapolis, Md., March 23 and 24.