Sailing Wins GW Women's Invite
Colonials finish with top two boats at first-ever GW women's invitational
The GW sailing team closed its regular season last weekend by competing in three regattas with the highlight coming at the GW Women's Invite which the Colonials won.
GW also had coed teams competing at the Navy Spring and Thompson Trophy, where the Colonials finished 11th and 14th, respectively.
Championship racing is on tap for the next two weekends as GW will compete in its women's and coed conference championships. The ICSA National Championships follow at the end of May.
The Colonials entered three boats into their first-ever home women's regatta and saw two of them tie for first place with 59 points. The boat of Riley Legault, Alexandra Fayer and Kia Olsson won via tiebreaker, while Aitana Mendiguren and Sarah Noyes settled for second place. GW's third boat sailed by Taylor Brimberg, who was skippering her first race this season, and Marie Line took ninth in the conference regatta.
"Everyone really came together to help run the races and make for a fun regatta and a lot of competitive races," said head coach Billy Martin. "I was really happy with how everything was executed in terms of race management and everything like that. It was great to have our sailors actually win the event. It's great to be first and second at any regatta but particularly our own regatta. To tie for first with two boats is even better. I'm really happy with how all the girls sailed and am looking forward to this event growing just like our GW Team Race has quickly grown. It was a great first year to have 15 boats on the water and I'm looking forward to it getting stronger each year."
At an event where they finished fourth a year ago, the Colonials had a split squad and slipped to 11th place in the 20-team interconference field which included a bevy of ranked teams.
With GW's depth being put to the test in the three-division Thompson Trophy, the Colonials took 14th place against another interconference field. Highlighting the action was an 11th place finish in C Division from Wade Wagner, Mercedes McPhee and Zach Lehan.
"We struggled a bit at Navy and the Thompson Trophy," said Martin. "The great thing is between those two events we had five boats getting reps against really good competition and I think we learned a lot but it's certainly an eye opener. It's better to learn these lessons now than the conference championship so that's why we set the schedule up this way. We'll have plenty to work on and we'll be sharper than ever going into the coed conference championship in two weeks."
GW heads to Norfolk, Virginia, this weekend for the MAISA Spring Women's Championship, where the Colonials will look to defend their conference title from the fall.
"The women's team has sailed really well all semester and is fully ready to roll and defend their championship next weekend," said Martin. "I'm happy with how they've been developing and I'm looking forward to them putting up a great finish at Old Dominion next weekend."
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