Sailing in 13th Place at Women's National Finals
Colonials finish strong to move up in the standings
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Amid heavy winds on the first day of the Sperry Women's National Finals, the GW sailing team responded from a slow start to move into 13th place in an 18-team field on Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina.
After stormy weather dominated the semifinal round on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was windy conditions that presented a new challenge for sailors on Thursday. The Colonials, who are racing in the national finals for the third straight year, came out of the gate slow but made a move late in the day.
"It was a physically challenging day," said head coach Billy Martin. "For most of the racing we had winds between 20-30 miles per hour, which is really strong. We had some trouble early on in the day but we managed to end the day strong and slowly move our way up to 13th, which was our highest place the whole day."
In the first 10 races of the day, GW finished in the top 10 just twice, but made a late push by recording six top-10 finishes in the final eight races. Leading the charge was GW's B Division boat of skipper Riley Legault and crew Sarah Noyes. In the final four races, the duo recorded finishes of sixth, seventh, second and fifth to move from 14th to 11th in the division. The Colonials' A Division boat of skippers Miranda Bakos and Aitana Mendiguren, and crew Emma Mendenhall, are in 16th place but were able to finish strong with two top-10 results in the final four races.
The finals conclude on Friday, when GW will look to move into the top 10 for a second consecutive year.
"We're definitely on an upward trend and looking forward to lighter winds tomorrow which I think will be a little easier on our team," said Martin. "The team had a great attitude and is looking forward to improving on their 13th place standing. It should be a showdown right until the end."
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