GW Sailing Excels at America's Trophy Tune Up
Colonials Finish Sixth at Admirals Cup, Eighth at MAISA Women's Championship
April 21, 2014
The GW sailing team finished in sixth place out of 20 teams at the Admirals Cup in Kings Point, N.Y., the same site for next weekend's America's Trophy MAISA Coed Championship.
The Colonials also posted an eighth-place showing out of 14 teams at the MAISA Women's Championship in Ithaca, N.Y., and ninth-place finish out of 16 teams at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta in Bronx, N.Y.
At the Admirals Cup, GW totaled 345 points over 14 races in three divisions of racing to finish in sixth. "We did fantastic and beat a lot of national-level teams which bodes very well for the MAISA Championship next weekend," said Head Coach John Pearce. The Colonials finished ahead of six teams that are currently ranked in Sailing World's College Top 20 - No. 10 Dartmouth (7th, 354), No. 5 Roger Williams (8th, 359), No. 19 Coast Guard (9th, 361), No. 18 Hobart and William Smith (11th, 385), No. 14 Harvard (12th, 385) and No. 15 Fordham (15th, 501).
The A Division trio of freshman Brendan Shanahan and juniors Jennifer Wilson and Matthew Ricci recorded five top-five finishes, second in Races 7 and 10, to place fifth with 111 points. In B Division, freshman Daniel DelBello and junior Meagan Murphy had six top-five showings with wins in Races 2 and 12 en route to eighth with 134 points. Freshman Colin Kennedy also had six top fives with a second in the Race 14 finale on his way to 100 points and fifth in the singlehanded C Division.
GW amassed 198 points over 14 races at the MAISA Women's Championship to finish just 13 points shy of a top-six finish for a qualfying spot in the ICSA Women's National Championship. Georgetown totaled 100 points to claim the conference title with Navy, Old Dominion, Cornell, Hobart and William Smith, and Fordham also capturing spots in ICSA Nationals.
"It was a very competitive regatta and we were right in the mix in a tight fleet, but didn't adapt to the conditions as well as we could have," said Coach Pearce.
Sophomore Maria Sinagra, junior Alex Hitchcock, senior Kaitlin Denney and freshman Gabriella Malek teamed for a 10th-place showing in B Division with 100 points, including five top fives with wins in Races 10 and 12.
Across the Long Island Sound from the MAISA Women's Championship, GW totaled 91 points over six races on Saturday to place ninth at the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta.
Sophomore Jay Spector and senior Sarah McCormack won Race 4 and placed second in Race 5 on their way to eighth in A Division with 47 points. The B Division duo of sophomores Benjamin Helfand and Henry Young came in seventh in B Division with 44 points.
The Colonials will now seek to improve on last year's 12th-place showing and climb into the top eight at the America's Trophy to secure the program's first-ever berth in the ICSA National Championship.