Sunday Surges Secure Qualifying Spots for GW Sailing
Colonials Come-From-Behind to Earn Bids at Key MAISA Events
Oct. 6, 2013
GENEVA, N.Y. & ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - GW sailing used strong Sunday performances to battle back and secure qualifying bids at this weekend's MAISA Women's Fall Championship and MAISA South Fall #1 regatta.
Light winds limited racing at both events on Saturday and left the Colonials in ninth after four races at the MAISA Women's Fall Championship and eighth following three races at the MAISA South Fall #1 - both on the outside of qualifying positions.
"We were in difficult positions at both regattas, out of sync with the conditions, and had a lot of work cut out for us on Sunday," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce.
GW recovered with consistent sailing and scores on Sunday - climbing two spots past Queen's (N.Y.) and Fordham to finish seventh at the MAISA Women's Fall Championship and secure a berth at the Atlantic Coast Women's Championship (Oct. 16-17) for the first time since 2010, and surging past five teams to place third at the MAISA South Fall #1 and clinch one of the event's four available qualifying spots for the War Memorial MAISA Coed Fall Championship regatta (Oct. 2-3).
"It was definitely a good day for us today, we had an awesome Sunday," said Coach Pearce.
At the 13-team MAISA Women's Fall Championship, GW totaled 146 points over 10 races, edging Fordham by a single point for the event's final qualifying spot. Host and No. 10 ranked women's program Hobart and William Smith won the event with 64 points, with No. 7 Georgetown (69), Old Dominion (77), No. 4 Navy (97), No. 8 St. Mary's (99) and Cornell (125) nabbing the other six qualifying spots.
The A Division team of sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney won their Race 10 finale to help propel the Colonials past the Rams. The duo finished ninth in the A Division with 75 points. Sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack sailed to seventh place in B Division with 71 points, highlighted by a second-place showing in Race 4 and top-five finishes in Races 7 and 8.
At the 12-team MAISA South #1, the Colonials totaled 86 points over 11 races, overtaking Hampton, Navy, Old Dominion, Maryland and William & Mary on Sunday to comfortably finish third behind winner Georgetown (68 points) and runner-up St. Mary's (80).
In A Division, freshman Brendan Shanahan and juniors Matthew Ricci (7-11) and Jennifer Wilson (1-6) finished third with 43 points. The boat placed second or better in six of Sunday's eight races, including a trio of race victories.
GW will compete at a trio of regattas next weekend - Qualifiers DelBello and Shanahan at the MAISA Laser Championships in Kings Point, N.Y., the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional in Annapolis, Md., and the MAISA South Fall #2 at the Colonials' home Washington Sailing Marina and Potomac River.
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