GW Sailing Completes Day 1 at Important Qualifying Events
Freshman Sinagra Skippers Boat to Race Victory in Debut
Sept. 29, 2012
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. & NORFOLK, Va. - Freshman skipper Maria Sinagra, who made her collegiate sailing debut on Saturday, and sophomore crew Meagan Murphy won the eighth race of the day to help the George Washington sailing team to ninth place out of 14 teams after Day 1 of the MAISA Women's Fall Dinghy Championships.
Sinagra and Murphy edged out runner-up Queen's University in Saturday's eighth A Division race and the duo currently sit in 10th place with 86 points after 11 races in their division. The foursome of skippers Hannah McNomee and Alex Hitchcock and crews Skye Kussmann and Alexandra Liggins are also in 10th place with 100 points after 10 races in the B Division.
Host St. Mary's College (Md.) got six victories from its B Division crew and currently leads the competition with 82 points, followed closely by Navy (83 points) and Cornell (89). With 186 points, the Colonials will have just three A Division races and four B Division races tomorrow to make their 33-point deficit to eighth-place Columbia in order to qualify for November's Women's Atlantic Coast Championships. The top 8 finishers on Sunday advance.
GW also has five sailors at the South #1 - the first qualifying event for next month's War Memorial MAISA Coed Championships - and is in seventh out of 14 teams with 114 points after eight A Division races and six B Division races on Saturday. Heading into Sunday, Virginia (41 points), Old Dominion (42), St. Mary's College (54) and Georgetown (61) occupy the all-important top 4 positions needed for qualification into the War Memorial.
The A Division team of Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel are in eighth place with 63 points, while the B Division team of skippers Evan Boliakis (Races 1-2, 5-6) and Jay Spector (3-4) and crew Sarah McCormack are in ninth with 51 points. Boliakis and McCormack posted the Colonials' best finish of the day at the event with a fourth-place effort in Race #6.