Sailing in Fifth After Day One at Women's Nationals
Colonials will look to secure a berth in the finals on Wednesday
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Despite stormy conditions that allowed for just eight races to be completed, the GW sailing team fought its way into fifth place among an 18-team field in the Eastern Semifinal on day one of the Sperry Women's National Championship.
The Colonials will look to stay in the top-nine on Wednesday, which would secure a spot in the finals for the third consecutive year. After Tuesday's racing, Boston University (25) leads the field, followed by Rhode Island (32), Boston College (41), St. Mary's College (44) and GW (45).
"We did a really good job today," said head coach Billy Martin. "With semifinals it's all about surviving and moving on and we did well to be in fifth, putting us in a good spot tomorrow. The girls did a great job even though the conditions were stormy and we had to sit on the dock for long periods to wait out the weather, which kept us from getting into a groove early on."
Though just four races were completed in each division, GW took advantage of its opportunities, especially at the end of the day. Sitting in ninth place following the completion of the first two races in both A and B Divisions, GW took fifth and third in the final two A Division races, and fourth and second in B Division. Overall, Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan are in fourth place in A Division while Riley Legault and Alexandra Fayer are in sixth in B Division.
"Tomorrow is a nice forecast and we'll be in the water early," said Martin. "There will be a lot more than four races in each division so there's everything to play for."
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