GW Sailing Freshmen Impress in Debut at MAISA Laser South
Rookies Qualify for MAISA Laser Championships
Sept. 15, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. & NORFOLK, Va. - GW sailing freshmen Daniel DelBello and Colin Kennedy impressed in their collegiate debuts, both posting top-6 showings at the MAISA Laser South qualifier on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md., to secure spots in next month's MAISA Laser Championships.
DelBello narrowly missed winning his collegiate debut, totaling 64 points to finish in second in the 20 singlehanded boat fleet just two points behind Georgetown's Nevin Snow, an ICSA All-American in 2013. Kennedy amassed 134 points to finish in sixth place, securing the final qualifying spot for the MAISA Laser Championships in Kings Point, N.Y., on Oct. 12-13.
"Daniel and Colin exceeded my expectations, they both sailed really smart and hard throughout the weekend and their experience really showed," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce. "Daniel really put the heat on Snow in the last couple races and almost passed one of the best collegiate sailors in the nation in the last race."
DelBello won six of the event's 18 races, the most of any sailor in the fleet, and placed in the top 5 in all but two races. Kennedy won Race 12 and posted seven top-5 finishes, including a third and fourth in the final two races to clinch sixth.
At the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va., GW's two teams finished in 10th and 11th place in the field of 18. The Colonials 2 team amassed 199 combined points to place 10th, edging the 11th-place Colonials 1 team by three points. St. Mary's (Md.) College's two entries claimed the top-2 spots with 62 and 68 points.
The Colonials 1 duo of sophomore Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney had the best showing, totaling 90 points for eighth in the A Division, while the Colonials 2 A Division pair of sophomores Jay Spector and Henry Young finished ninth with 91 points.
"Overall, it was a fantastic start to the season," added Coach Pearce. "It was a productive weekend for the group at the Riley Cup, they got in a lot of races against really good competition. We're excited for another productive week of practice."
GW will attend two regattas again next weekend with trips to Throggs Neck, N.Y., for the SUNY Maritime Fall Open and Kings Point for the Nevins Trophy Intersectional.