GW Sailing Earns Spot in the America's Trophy
Colonials' Quest for Nationals Continues With Third at South Spring Qualifier
April 13, 2014
GW sailing finished in third place out of 12 teams at the MAISA South Spring Qualifier, securing one of the event's five qualifying spots for the America's Trophy conference championship.
GW now has the chance to compete for the America's Trophy - the MAISA Spring Coed Conference championship - on April 26-27 in Kings Point, N.Y.
The Colonials placed 12th in their first varsity appearance at the America's Trophy last spring, matching the former club team's best finish at the event, and will seek to climb into the top eight to secure the program's first-ever trip to the ICSA National Championships in early June.
GW totaled 85 points over 11 races in the qualifier hosted by Hampton in Norfolk, Va., joining event winner Virginia (65), runner-up Washington College (Md.) (69), fourth-place Hampton (104) and fifth-place Christopher Newport (118) in qualifying for America's Trophy.
"We put in a solid performance and sailed really strong," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce. "We did great on the starting line and are definitely ready for the next couple weeks of competition."
Freshman Brendan Shanahan and junior Matthew Ricci finished fourth in A Division with 56 points, highlighted by wins in Races 1 and 5. Freshman Daniel DelBello and junior Meagan Murphy came in second in B Division with 29 points, just six short of division champ Virginia, finishing in the top five in all 11 races with victories in Races 2 and 9.
Coach Pearce also sent teams to the Owen Trophy hosted by Yale in New Haven, Conn., as well as the Arrigan Memorial Regatta hosted by Georgetown in Alexandria, Va. The Colonials placed 12th against a challenging 17-team fleet at the Owen Trophy, and finished fifth out of nine teams at the Arrigan.
GW amassed 301 points over 14 races at the Owen, which was captured by host and No. 1 nationally ranked Yale. The quartet of senior Kaitlin Denney, sophomores Maria Sinagra and Jay Spector and freshman Gabriella Malek raced the Colonials to 13th in A Division with 157 points, including five top-10 finishes and a peak of sixth in Race 1.
"It was a very strong field of MAISA and NEISA teams so it was nice to see us be successful there. Our women's group is ready for the MAISA Women's Championship next week," said Coach Pearce.
The host Georgetown Hoyas captured the Arrigan, with the Colonials totaling 241 points in a combined format over 13 races for fifth, which Coach Pearce deemed a "solid performance against good group of teams."
GW's A Division of freshman Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack peaked at third in Race 4 and finished 11th out of the combined 18 boats with 127 points, while the B Division of freshman Madison Oleson and sophomore Henry Young registered second in Race 3 and third in Race 12 and placed ninth with 114 points.
"All around, we had a good weekend and we're ready for two big weeks of conference championship competition," concluded Coach Pearce.
The Colonials will once again compete in a trio of regattas next weekend, April 19-20, highlighted by the MAISA Women's Championship hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. After finishing seventh at the event in 2013, GW will be seeking a top-six showing to qualify for next month's ICSA Women's National Championship. Coach Pearce will also enter boats in a pair of New York metro area regattas - the Admirals Cup in Kings Point and the Greater NY Dinghy Regatta in the Bronx.