GW Sailing Wraps First Varsity Season With 4th and 7th Place Finishes
Colonials Finish One Spot Shy of Qualifying for Women's National Semifinals
April 21, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, Va. & HAMPTON, Va. - The George Washington sailing team capped its first season as a varsity program on Sunday with a fourth-place showing at the Arrigan Memorial Regatta and seventh-place effort at the MAISA Women's Championship.
The Colonials amassed 153 points over 12 races and narrowly missed extending their season at the women's conference championship at Hampton, finishing 21 points shy of a top-six showing and a berth in the national semifinals. No. 6 St. Mary's (Md.) College edged No. 3 Navy by a point for the league crown as both teams automatically advance to the ICSA National Women's Championship, while No. 4 Georgetown, Hobart & William Smith, Old Dominion and No. 11 Cornell qualified for the national semis.
The A Division team of freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney finished sixth with 70 points, highlighted by six top five finishes and a race victory in Race 3. Five sailors helped the B Division to four top five races and eighth place with 83 points. Freshman Hannah McNomee and junior Erin McCormack teamed for the best B Division finishes at fourth in Race 3, third in Race 4 and second in Race 5. McNomee and senior Skye Kussmann placed fifth in Race 7, and sophomores Meagan Murphy and Alex Hitchcock sailed the opening two races in the division.
"We were chasing down Old Dominion all day, but they had a strong day in B Division," said head coach John Pearce. "We gave it our best, and it's a positive sign for the future that we're already battling for a spot in the national championships. The highlight was definitely Kaitlin and Maria, who moved up to sixth for a nice cap to the season for them."
At the nearby Arrigan Memorial Regatta on the Colonials' home waters of the Potomac River, host Georgetown totaled 124 points over 18 races to claim victory, while the Colonials amassed 246 points for fourth place. Navy came in second with 155 points and Cornell placed third with 179.
The Colonials' A and B Division teams came in eighth and seventh, respectively, in the combined scoring format. Freshmen Benjamin Helfand and Henry Young sailed the opening 12 races on Saturday, peaking at fifth in Races 3 and 12, while senior Ian Conners joined Helfand for the final five races on Sunday and posted race victories in Races 15 and 16 en route to 120 points.
"It was good for our seniors, who did so much to get this program to where it is now wrapping its first varsity season, to get one more competition in before they graduate," said Coach Pearce.