Sailing Advances to Coed National Finals
Colonials take second place in Eastern Semifinals
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- For the second straight day the GW sailing team had a strong performance on the water to take second place in the Eastern Semifinal at the Gill Coed Nationals, thus securing a place in the finals.
Coming into Wednesday in third place, GW was by day’s end outpaced only by host College of Charleston which had a score of 130 to the Colonials’ 147. Hobart & William Smith (155), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (155) and Stanford (164) rounded out the top five.
“I’m definitely happy with the result, but more impressed with how we progressed throughout the regatta,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We improved on some things from yesterday and peaked towards the end of the regatta, which is exciting to see and will be important moving forward.”
Making the biggest move was Kai Friesecke and Miranda Bakos in B Division, who blitzed their way from seventh place to second. The duo displayed remarkable consistency by finishing in the top three in each of their final six races, including three runners-up finishes.
Meanwhile, a tightly contested A Division saw just nine points separate first place U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and GW, which took sixth. Brendan Shanahan and Andreea Ranney-Pace finished strong with a second and seventh place finish within the last three races of the day.
“Everyone’s learning here and there, and the team that’s learning and progressing until the last race at the end of finals is going to be pretty happy with the result,” said Martin. “I’m happy we focused on the process of just getting better and worrying about our boat getting around the course. We also accomplished our number one goal, which is to finish top nine and qualify for finals.”
The Colonials will look to improve on last year’s 17th-place finish in the finals starting Thursday morning, with the competition wrapping up on Friday.
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