GW Sailing Fares Well in Weekend Regattas
Colonials win South Fall Qualifier; Legault qualifies for nationals
The GW sailing team fared well in four regattas over the weekend, claiming the title at the South Fall Qualifier while Riley Legault and Adam DiDomizio were successful in singlehanded qualifying races.
GW, which co-hosted the South Fall Qualifier with Georgetown, advanced to the conference championship War Memorial at St. Mary’s (Oct. 29-30) by virtue of their first-place finish. GW took the top spot in both divisions, with senior skipper Brendan Shanahan and freshman crew Andreea Ranney-Pace teaming up in A Division, and sophomore skipper Andrew Sheerin and freshman crew Briggs D’Eliscu racing in B Division. Shanahan and Ranney-Pace won seven of 12 races against the 15-team field, while finishing second in two.
Meanwhile, a pair of GW sailors had success in singlehanded competition as Legault earned a spot in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship in November, and DiDomizio qualified for the Carl Van Dyne on Oct. 8-9.
Racing in an 18-boat field at the Faye Bennet Regatta, Legault finished fourth. She recorded five top-five finishes in the first seven races including a win in race seven. Amidst tricky sailing conditions on Sunday, Legault was able to maintain her standing and secure the spot for nationals on Nov. 4-6. Sophomore Sarah Alexander finished 11th in the competition, at the back of a closely contested pack that saw just 22 points separate fifth and 11th place.
DiDomizio finished fourth at the Laser Eliminator, sailing consistently with eight top-fives while never finishing below 10th. Freshman Marshall McCraw was 15th.
At the St. Mary’s Intersectional, GW’s A Division boat of skipper Kai Friesecke and crew Katie Lounsbury took fifth place in the 18-team field, while the Colonials’ B Division boat of skippers Wade Wagner (races 1-12) and Rhodes Garner (race 13), and crew Gabriella Malek (races 1-12) and Mercedes McPhee (race 13) took 14th. As a team, GW finished in 11th place.
The Colonials will return to competition this coming weekend with the KP Dinghy Open at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Cornell Women’s Regatta.
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