GW Sailing Wins Eight Races at War Memorial Tune-Ups
Helfand, Homayuni Shine With Second in B Division at Webb Open
Oct. 27, 2013
KINGS POINT, N.Y. & NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - GW sailing combined for eight race victories at the Kings Point Dinghy and Webb Opens this weekend in its final regattas before the upcoming War Memorial.
The Colonials, who entered two teams at each regatta, won four races en route to fifth- and 10th-place showings at the Kings Point Dinghy Open, and captured another four race victories in finishing fourth and fifth at the Webb Open.
"We had fairly strong showings at both events," said Head Coach John Pearce. "At KP, we worked on our execution and I'm pleased with the progress so far. We're ready for the War, as well as Women's ACCs [Atlantic Coast Championship]."
At the 20-team Kings Point Open, the Colonials 1 team placed fifth and and Colonials 2 team finished 10th with 212 and 293 points over 16 races, respectively.
The Colonials 1 team's A Division of freshman Brendan Shanahan and junior Matthew Ricci finished seventh, totaling 115 points with nine top fives and a win in Race 7. The B Division of freshmen Daniel DelBello and Gabriella Malek (Races 1-2, 9-16) and sophomore Henry Young (Races 3-8) finished fifth with 97 points - with a trio of race victories among seven top fives.
Colonials 2 sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney teamed to finish 12th in the A Division with 170 points, posting nine top 10s with a peak of fifth in Race 14. The B Division of senior Erin McCormack, sophomore Hannah McNomee (Races 1-8) and freshman Colin Kennedy (Races 9-16) recorded six top fives and finished eighth with 123 points.
At the eight-team Webb Open, the Colonials 1 team amassed 118 points over 16 races for fourth place, followed by the Colonials 2 team in fifth with 149 points.
GW's best showing at the Webb came from the Colonials 1 team's B Division of sophomore Benjamin Helfand and freshman Darius Homayuni, who won three races en route to second with 46 points. The A Division of sophomore Jay Spector and junior Madeline Taggart won Race 12 and placed fifth with 72 points.
For the Colonials 2 team, senior William Broman and freshman Gabriella Marki placed fifth in B Division with 70 points, and freshman Madison Oleson and senior Sloan Dickey finished sixth in A Division with 79 points, including a win in Race 4.
"We're excited for another great week of practice before heading down to the War to see what we can do," added Coach Pearce. The Colonials will compete for the MAISA Coed Championship this coming Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, in Norfolk, Va.