GW Sailing Wins CJ's Regatta for Third Title of Spring Season
Oleson, Marki, Helfand and Dong Combine for 13 Race Wins to Lead Colonials to Title
March 31, 2014
GENEVA, N.Y. & NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - GW sailing captured its third regatta title in as many weeks with a victory at CJ's Regatta hosted by Christopher Newport this weekend.
It only took GW until the completion of Race 2A to enter first place among the seven teams at CJ's Regatta and it remained there throughout the event's 14 races to capture the title, totaling 56 points to beat runner-up Webb Institute by 24 points.
It marked the Colonials' third regatta victory this spring after capturing both the CNU Women's Regatta and William & Mary Spring Open on March 16.
The B Division of freshmen Madison Oleson and Gabriella Marki won eight of the 14 races and posted the lowest score of the event with 27 points, while sophomore Benjamin Helfand and freshman Kelly Dong won five races and finished third overall and second in the A Division with 29 points.
"It was a pretty dominating performance against a lot of the same programs we competed against at the William & Mary Open two weeks ago," said Head Coach John Pearce. "It was nice to see from those underclassmen, and it's a good sign for the future."
At the MAISA Team Race Challenge hosted by Hobart and William Smith, the Colonials finished fifth out of eight teams with a 3-4 record. Challenging weather and course conditions on Seneca Lake limited racing to Saturday and just two races on Sunday.
GW swept Columbia (1-6) and Buffalo (1-6) and edged Kings Point (1-6), but dropped the series against Washington College (Md.) (4-3) and SUNY Maritime (5-2) as well as event winner Cornell (7-0) and runner-up Hobart and William Smith (6-1).
The Colonials boats were comprised of skipper-crew combos of freshman Daniel DelBello and junior Meagan Murphy, freshman Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack, freshman Brendan Shanahan and junior Matthew Ricci, and sophomore Jay Spector and senior Kaitlin Denney. "We had good races going against Cornell and SUNY Maritime that we lost toward the end. It was encouraging to see that, but leaves us hungry for more next year as this was our final team race of the season," said Coach Pearce.
GW will race at the Women's Emily Wick Trophy in New London, Conn., next weekend, April 5-6, before embarking on a critical stretch of qualifying events over the final three weekends of April. "The next four weeks are all big ones, should be a fun month ahead of us," said Coach Pearce.
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