Shanahan Qualifies for ICSA Singlehanded Nationals
Senior takes third at the Carl Van Dyne; Colonials finish fifth at Navy Fall Women's
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the third straight year senior Brendan Shanahan will represent the GW Sailing team in the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship after finishing third at the Carl Van Duyne hosted by Navy last weekend.
Needing a top-four finish to earn a spot in nationals, which will be held Nov. 4-6 in Galveston, Texas, Shanahan took third behind Greg Martinez and Jack Marshall of Georgetown. Gary Prieto of Navy took the fourth and final qualifying spot.
After a strong start that included first-place finishes in three of the first five races, Shanahan stayed in the top four throughout the duration of the competition. He sat in third place following Saturday's racing, and amid strong winds at 18-30 knots on Sunday, maintained that position to finish second in races 10 and 11 and fourth in the final three races.
In Galveston, Shanahan will be looking for a third consecutive top-10 national finish after taking ninth in 2015 and 2014. Just missing out on a spot at nationals was senior Colin Kennedy, who took seventh place at the Carl Van Duyne. Sophomore Adam DiDomizio finished 14th.
GW was also in competition at the Navy Fall Women's regatta, where it took fifth place in a 14-team field. Yale, Brown, Georgetown and St. Mary's were the top four finishers.
In A Division, skipper Miranda Bakos and crew Belle Strachan (races 1-9) and Emma Mendenhall (races 10-14) took eighth, while in B Division skipper Riley Legault and crew Madison Oleson (races 1-9) and Kia Olsson (races 10-14) finished third. Legault and Oleson took a victory in race 7B, while Legault and Olsson finished first in race 11B.
The Colonials are back in action this weekend with one competition, the Truxton Umsted Regatta at Navy.
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