Legault Qualifies for Nationals as Sailing Caps Impressive Weekend
Colonials take second in two coed regattas; Legault qualifies for singlehanded nationals for the third straight year
Junior Riley Legault used a strong performance on the second day of the Faye Bennet at Navy to capture a third-place finish and qualify for the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship for the third straight season, highlighting an impressive weekend for the GW sailing team.
The Colonials also took a pair of second-place finishes in coed regattas, earning a spot in the MAISA Conference Championship by virtue of their runner-up result at the South Fall Qualifier at Old Dominion. Meanwhile, against a tough field of 18 made up mostly of New England teams in the St. Mary’s Fall Interconference, GW also took second place.
“The team really showed up and was firing on all cylinders this weekend,” said head coach Billy Martin. “I’m really happy with how everyone stepped up and performed with the pressure on.”
FAYE BENNET AT NAVY (3rd of 18)
Needing a top-four finish to qualify for nationals, Legault found herself on the outside looking in after Saturday’s races, when she ended the day in ninth place. On Sunday, she quickly reversed that by taking third, first, sixth and fifth in the four races that were run. “After a really tough day one with extremely light wind that was a little unpredictable, Riley really showed up Sunday ready to roll and just fired up and really showed poise,” said Martin. “She showed she’s one of the best in the conference to come back and finish third, and it was really impressive to see her put it in high gear in the last four races of a really competitive and tough event.”
SOUTH FALL QUALIFIER AT OLD DOMINION (2nd of 12)
GW’s duo of Andrew Sheerin and Matt Homa led the way with a second-place finish in A Division, while Derek Poon-Tip and Shira Golub took fourth in B Division. “The goal was top four and we sailed really consistently,” said Martin. “Andrew and Matt did great in team racing last year but didn’t get many fleet racing reps. “They’ve really stepped up so far this semester and are showing that they are really good at fleet racing too.”
ST. MARY'S FALL INTERCONFERENCE (2nd of 18)
Sailing together for the first time in a competition, Kai Friesecke and Andreea Ranney-Pace took a wire-to-wire victory in A Division to lead the Colonials to a second-place overall finish. Friesecke and Ranney-Pace won the first race of the competition and never looked back, winning twice more along with two runner-up finishes in 11 races. In B Division, GW was seventh with the team of Wade Wagner and Mercedes McPhee (races 1-9) and Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan (races 10-11). “The highlight of this event was Kai and Andreea in their first event together,” said Martin. “We’ve been slowly working them together in practice, getting them used to each other. Andreea stepped up and Kai just showed great senior leadership to win their division.”
MAISA LASER ELIMINATOR AT NAVY (11th of 18)
Looking for a top-six finish to qualify for the MAISA men’s singlehanded championship, Adam DiDomizio came up short with an 11th-place showing. The Colonials will still have representation in the conference championship as freshman Soenke Jordan previously qualified.
GW will sail in three regattas next weekend: the Danmark Trophy at US Coast Guard Academy, the MAISA Match Race at Navy and the Susan Rogers Memorial at Cornell.
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