GW Sailing Qualifies for MAISA Fall Championship with Fifth-Place Finish
Oct. 7, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The George Washington sailing team maintained its position on the final day of the Tom Curtis Memorial Regatta on Sunday en route to a fifth-place finish. More importantly, the Colonials clinched a spot in the War Memorial Regatta - the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Fall Championship - for the first time as a varsity program.
"It's exciting to have qualified for the War Memorial. The team stayed focused throughout the event, and did what was needed to make sure that we qualified," said first-year head coach John Pearce.
GW sailed in 1-to-6 knot winds and light rain on a cool, overcast Sunday on the Potomac River. The Colonials amassed 47 points in four races on Sunday to finish with 136 points over 12 races. Host Georgetown held on to its Day 1 lead to win the event with 67 points, followed by St. Mary's (Md.) College (87 points), Navy (92) and Christopher Newport (113), which clinched the other remaining spot for the MAISA Fall Championship.
Seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel posted scores of 4-4-7-7 in Sunday's four races to finish in fifth-place in the A Division with 75 points. Freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Meagan Murphy went 7-4-5-9 in their four races on Sunday en route to a 61-point total good for fourth place in the B Division.
"We certainly could have finished third or fourth this weekend had we been more consistent as we made a lot of unforced errors that cost us a lot of points," said Coach Pearce. "We will be practicing hard in the coming weeks to make sure that we are ready for the conference championship."
GW will next compete in a pair of regattas the weekend of Oct. 20 and 21 - the Kings Point Dinghy Open at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the MAISA Fall Open at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Kings Point, N.Y. will also serve as the site for the War Memorial Regatta and MAISA Fall Championship on Oct. 27 and 28.