GW Sailing Starts Strong During Opening Weekend

Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan sailed together in the coed Anderson Trophy
Sept. 11, 2017

The GW sailing team opened its 2017-18 season last weekend with four regattas, including a pair of coed events and two singlehanded races.

Highlighting the weekend's action was freshman Soenke Jordan, who in his first collegiate race took a top-six finish at the Laser South to qualify for the MAISA Conference Championship. Also in singlehanded, Riley Legault had a strong start to her season by taking third place in the Radial Open.

BILLY'S BULLETS: Hear what head coach Billy Martin had to say about the weekend:


• Anderson Trophy at Yale: The interconference regatta featured a field of 16 teams, with GW finishing 10th. Racing together for the first time in competition, senior Kai Friesecke and freshman Tanner Chapko took eighth in A Division. Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan, Andrew Sheerin and Matt Homa teamed up to take 12th in B Division.



• Riley Cup at Old Dominion: GW took seventh in a strong conference field. In A Division, juniors Sam Mandell and Marie Line took sixth place. In B Division, skipper Drew Bennett paired with crews Keily Gleason (races 1-4, 7-8) and Marshall McCraw (races 5-6, 9-12) to finish seventh.

• Radial Open at Navy: Legault took third place in the field of 18, starting the singlehanded season strong after she finished 10th at nationals last season. Legault took six top-3 finishes in 14 races, including a pair of first-place finishes.

• Laser South at Navy: Needing a top-six finish to qualify for the conference championship, Jordan got just that in his first collegiate event. In an 18-boat field, Jordan was the only freshman to qualify, as he finished sixth. Junior Adam DiDomizio took 11th.


The Colonials return to action this weekend with three more regattas: the Hatch Brown at MIT, Nevin's Trophy at King's Point, and Stu Nelson women's at Connecticut College.

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