Sailing in 12th After Day One of Coed National Finals

June 1, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The GW sailing team completed its first day in the Gill Coed National Finals on Thursday and put itself in position for a strong finish on Friday by placing 12th among the 18-team fleet.

"We definitely started off a little slow, but I think we made some good adjustments and were able to recover towards the end of the day," said head coach Billy Martin. "Being in 12th place, there's a lot of space for upward mobility. I think as long as we stay focused, keep fighting hard, and making those adjustments, we'll be able to move up."

The Colonials, who are looking to improve on last year's 17th-place result, received another steady performance from Kai Friesecke and Miranda Bakos in B Division. The duo is in eighth place, having finished in the top half of the field in each of the final four races of the day, including a pair of victories that propelled them four spots up the standings.

As it was in the semifinal round, A Division is tightly contested as the Colonials are in 16th place but just 12 points off the top-10. With a score of 112, Brendan Shanahan and Andreea Ranney-Pace will look to move up the leaderboard on Friday as four competitors are within six points.

"It was definitely a long day on the water but we're just going to charge the batteries and try to think of a game plan to attack the day for tomorrow," said Martin. "I just know that everyone is hungry to finish this season off strong."

As a team, GW (196) is just three points behind 10th-place Roger Williams University (193) and two points back of 11th-place Stanford (194), setting up an exciting final day of the season on Friday.



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