GW Sailing Completes First Day in Key Qualifier on Home Water
Team Enters Sunday's Races in Fifth of 16 Teams
Oct. 6, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Competing on home waters in intercollegiate competition as a varsity program for the first-time ever on Saturday afternoon, George Washington sailing teams finished the day of racing in 5th out of 16 teams sailing in the Georgetown-hosted Tom Curtis Memorial Regatta.
At the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, VA, against the backdrop of planes taking off and landing at the adjacent Reagan National Airport, seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel sailed for the Colonials in A Division, while freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Meagan Murphy competed in the B Division.
Under the guidance of first-year head coach John Pearce, Conners and Engel finished in seventh in the A Division after a day of racing with 53 points, as host Georgetown (15 points), Christopher Newport University (28) and the U.S. Naval Academy (29) claimed the top three positions. The first and last races of the day proved to be the best for Conners and Engel as the duo finished in second in both races.
A cold front blew into the nation's capital midday on Saturday afternoon, drastically altering racing conditions and courses throughout the day.
GW's B Division entrant sailed to top three finishes in five of its eight races, as Sinagra and Murphy placed second three times along with a pair of third place finishes, including going 2-3-2-2 in the final four races of the day, to finish fourth on day one in the B Division.
"This is our second and final chance to qualify for the War Memorial Regatta (MAISA Coed Fall Championships), which will be at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the end of the month," noted Coach Pearce. "There are two slots available for South region teams that have not already qualified, so we really need to be aggressive to make sure we seal up one of those spots."
Entering Sunday, GW's 89 points trail the Hoyas (40), Midshipmen (62), the Saint Mary's Seahawks (67) and Christopher Newport Captains (77).