Sailing Finishes 13th at Women’s Nationals

Belle Strachan
May 26, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The GW sailing team wrapped up competition in the Sperry Women’s National Championship on Friday in Charleston with a 13th-place finish.

The Colonials, who had come into Friday in 13th, were able to distance themselves from the five teams behind them in the field, but unable to make a move up as they pursued a second straight top-10 finish. It was also the third straight season GW reached the national finals, having taken 13th in 2015 and 10th in 2016.

“The team worked really hard,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We ended up filtering in all nine girls that made the trip and they all fought until the end. It’s the type of fleet that, any little mistake, you really pay for it. I thought it was impressive that mentally they stayed in it and just kept playing hard until the end. It’s not quite the result we were looking for but it’s still 13th in the country, and I’m really proud of all the achievements we’ve had this year.”

GW took an 11th-place finish in B Division, as Riley Legault skippered all 18 races and Sarah Alexander, Sarah Noyes, Alexandra Fayer and Madison Oleson split crewing duties. In A Division, skippers Miranda Bakos and Aitana Mendiguren, and crews Emma Mendenhall and Belle Strachan took 16th place. The Colonials are set to return all nine of those sailors next season.



“It’s still a relatively young team so we’re licking our chops and ready for what’s to come, because this is the same team we’ll have next year,” said Martin.

Up next for GW is coed nationals, which get underway Tuesday in Charleston.

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