Sailing Takes Fourth at Navy, Hobart & William Smith
Colonials finish strong at women's and coed events
The GW sailing team took a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Navy Fall Women's and Arnoff at Hobart & William Smith to highlight last weekend's action.
Gearing up for their conference championship in two weeks, the Colonials were beat out by only College of Charleston, Brown and Yale in the three-division regatta at Navy. Meanwhile, GW was also fourth in the Arnoff at Hobart & William Smith, an interconference coed regatta.
In singlehanded racing, Soenke Jordan came up short in his bid to qualify for ICSA Nationals with an 11th-place finish at the Carl Van Duyne.
"The women's team sailed really well at Navy, finishing fourth overall, in what was probably the toughest regatta of the year for them," said head coach Billy Martin. "Seeing them step up as a team and sail really well in all three divisions was really great, and they're peaking at the proper time as they have their conference championship in two weeks."
NAVY FALL WOMEN'S (4th of 17)
GW sailed consistently across all three divisions. Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan took fifth in A Division, Aitana Mendiguren and Emma Mendenhall were fourth in B Division, and Riley Legault was fifth in the singlehanded C Division.
ARNOFF AT HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH (4th of 13)
"Led by Sam White we came in fourth overall and that's a really solid result," said Martin. "Sam sailed really well in his division, that's just some great senior leadership in particular, sailing with a freshman in Clare Cassidy-Gardner. I hope that experience is rubbing off on her as well."
CARL VAN DUYNE AT KING'S POINT (11th of 18)
Jordan, a freshman, took 11th place in the 18-boat conference championship, coming up shy of a top-four finish that would have sent him to compete in ICSA Nationals next month.
"Soenke finished a very respectable 11th place and I'm proud that he showed a lot of heart and grit throughout the competition," said Martin. "That's going to take him far in college sailing. He made some freshman mistakes and he'll learn from that and be a contender in years to come if he keeps working hard."
INTERCOLLEGIATE OFFSHORE AT LARCHMONT YACHT CLUB
GW also sent a group of eight sailors to the offshore regatta which included teams from more than 50 universities and colleges. In their division, the Colonials sailed to a second-place finish.
Many of the Colonials will get a chance to rest as GW heads to just one regatta, the Truxtun Umsted at Navy Oct. 14-15.
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