Sailing Wins MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy
Colonials capture third conference championship in program history
For the third time in program history, the GW sailing team stands as conference champions as the Colonials outpaced a 16-team field to win the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy this weekend at SUNY Maritime.
The No. 12 Colonials topped league rivals Georgetown, Navy, Cornell, Hobart & William Smith and St. Mary’s, all of whom reside in the top-20 of College Sailing World’s National Rankings, among others, for the title. GW, which won both women’s conference championships in 2015-16, now moves on to race in the Atlantic Coast Championships Nov. 11-12.
“I’m really proud of and excited for our women’s team,” said head coach Billy Martin. “At this point, they’re just a very experienced and mature team and they definitely showed that this weekend.”
Amidst light winds, just four races were completed in each division and the Colonials took advantage of their opportunities. The Colonials placed third in A Division, as Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan – who were racing in their third MAISA Fall Dinghy – finished third, fifth, eighth and second in four regattas.
Meanwhile, Riley Legault and Andreea Ranney-Pace captured first place in B Division. The duo won their first regatta and followed with third, fifth and second-place finishes to outpace Cornell by three points.
“They definitely showed their poise and maturity and didn’t do anything really all that risky,” said Martin. “They just put down a bunch of really solid finishes and just let their boat speed and boat handling do the talking. They sailed really smart and clean. It was definitely really awesome to see and it’s great to walk away with a conference championship.”
The Colonials weren’t limited to one win on the weekend. GW also sent a contingent to the Central Fall Open at Washington College and took a first-place finish amongst a 16-team field. Leading the charge were Sam Mandell, Adam DiDomizio, Clare Cassidy-Gardner and Keily Gleason, who combined to take first place in A Division. Marshall McCraw, Connor West and Zach Lehan finished third in B Division.
“Winning both events is fantastic,” said Martin. “We sent two different groups each day to the Central Fall Open and they all did really well to take away the win. It was a great team effort.”
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