GW Sailing Fights Tough Field at Emily Wick Trophy
Colonials' B Division Shines in MAISA Women's Spring Championship Tune Up
April 7, 2014
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Facing its most challenging women's field so far this season, GW sailing finished 16th out of 18 teams at the Emily Wick Trophy Women's Intersectional on the Thames River at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy this weekend.
GW totaled 330 points over 14 races to finish ahead of Harvard and Wisconsin. No. 1 Yale ran away with the event, which featured 12 of the nation's top 15 ranked women's programs, with 153 points, posting a 31-point victory over runner-up No. 12 Rhode Island.
"It was the most competitive field we have faced so far this year in women's competition, and the team did a great job of staying focused all weekend and fighting hard in every race," said Head Coach John Pearce.
The A Division of sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack, along with Race 10 crew freshman Gabriella Malek, finished 17th with 188 points. McNomee and McCormack posted a trio of top 10 finishes, highlighted by third place in Races 5 and 12.
In B Division, sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney, along with Races 9 and 10 skipper sophomore Alex Hitchcock, came in 11th with 142 points. Sinagra and Denney finished in the top 10 in eight races, including three top fives and a peak of third in Race 8.
"We are definitely one of the top teams in B Division when the wind is up, and we are making good all-around progress in our preparation for the MAISA Women's Championship in two weeks," added Coach Pearce. The Colonials will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., April 19-20 to compete for the MAISA women's title and a chance to qualify for the ICSA Women's Nationals in late May.
GW will compete in three regattas next weekend, including the MAISA South Spring Qualifier in Hampton, Va., the first of several important qualifying events during the month of April. The Colonials will also compete at the Georgetown-hosted Arrigan Memorial Regatta at the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, Va., and on their home waters of the Potomac River, as well as the Owen Trophy in New Haven, Conn.