GW Sailing Finishes 7th, 14th at Pair of Pre-Qualifier Regattas
Duos of Sinagra and Denney, Hitchcock and Murphy Win Races at MAISA/SAISA Interconference
March 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. & HAMPTON, Va. - George Washington sailing competed in a pair of regattas for the second consecutive weekend, finishing seventh of 14 teams at the MAISA/SAISA Interconference at Hampton University and 14th of 19 teams at the Owen Trophy at Navy on Sunday.
With light Saturday winds and heavier gusts on Sunday at the MAISA/SAISA event, GW totaled 117 points over 10 races to narrowly miss a top five finish by two points. South Florida captured the regatta with 65 points, followed by Old Dominion (82 points), Christopher Newport (84) and Miami (Fla.) (100). Eckerd placed fifth with 115 points, while Georgetown came in sixth with 116 points to edge the Colonials.
The A Division duo of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney finished strong with pair of second place finishes and a win over its final three races to place seventh with 59 points. Sophomores Alex Hitchcock and Meagan Murphy posted the top finishes in the B Division with a victory in Race 1 and third in Race 3 to guide the Colonials to fifth with 58 points. Freshman Hannah McNomee and senior Skye Kussmann split duties with Hitchcock and Murphy over the 10 races.
Conditions were flip-flopped at the Owen Trophy on the Severn River in Annapolis with heavy Saturday winds giving way to lighter, more shifty winds on Sunday. GW totaled 433 points over 18 races to finish 14th, while Yale topped the 19-team field with 165 points.
Seniors Rebecca Engel and Ian Conners had a trio of fourth place finishes and placed 13th in A Division with 214 points, while freshman Jay Spector and sophomore Matthew Ricci peaked at third in Race 2 and placed 14th with 219 points in B Division.
"We had some goods races this weekend. The thing we're struggling with most is consistency, which is preventing us from getting into that next tier of teams," said head coach John Pearce. "Our focus heading into the last month of season will be developing consistency and executing when the pressure is on at regattas."
GW heads into its most important event of the spring semester to date with the MAISA South Spring Qualifier in Hampton next Saturday and Sunday. The Colonials will aim for a top five finish at the regatta to earn a spot in the MAISA Coed Conference Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on April 13-14.