GW Sailing Climbs to 12th-Place Finish at America's Trophy
Colonials Match Program-Best Finish at MAISA Coed Spring Championship
April 28, 2014
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - For the second time in as many seasons as a varsity program, GW sailing equaled its best-ever showing at the America's Trophy MAISA Coed Spring Championship with a 12th-place finish out of 18 teams.
GW, which also placed 12th at last year's event in Annapolis, Md., to match the previous best finish of its former club team, totaled 310 points over 16 races to finish 34 points shy of the top-8 teams to qualify for the ICSA National Championship.
No. 4 nationally ranked Georgetown claimed the America's Trophy with 148 points, followed by No. 3 St. Mary's (Md.) College, No. 7 Navy, No. 12 Old Dominion, Penn, No. 17 Fordham, Virginia and Washington College (Md.).
The Colonials entered the final day of racing in 15th after totaling 117 points over six races in A Division and four in B Division during light winds and strong current in Long Island Sound on Saturday. Racing conditions improved on Sunday and GW adjusted, peaking as high as 11th before settling into 12th with just 16 points separating ninth-place Hobart and William Smith (294), 10th-place SUNY Maritime (304), 11th-place Cornell (309) and the Colonials.
"Sunday was a lot better overall, we made some good improvements and were certainly in touch with the battle for eighth place," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce. "We didn't do great in the light wind and had too many unforced errors throughout the weekend, but we did do a better job in the heavier wind and showed some good improvement in specific areas such as downwind sailing."
GW's A Division quintet finished 12th with 173 points, posting four top-10 showings in 16 races, including three top-5s over its final four starts. Freshman Brendan Shanahan skippered 15 races with juniors Jennifer Wilson and Matthew Ricci splitting crew duties, while freshman Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack sailed in Race 14.
Despite narrowly missing qualification for the ICSA Coed and Women's National Championships this season, Coach Pearce and his 18 returning sailors already have their sights set on advancing in 2015. "We know what we need to improve on going forward and the team is certainly fired up to continue our climb next year."
GW sailing is in the midst of its 'Raise High the Sails' fundraising campaign to replace and build an 18-boat fleet in an effort to continue its climb and achieve its goal of becoming one of the top ICSA programs in the nation.
For more information or to make a gift to the 'Raise High the Sails' campaign, please contact Assistant Director of Athletics Development M.G. Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-994-8412, or visit go.gwu.edu/give2sailing.