Sailing Takes Third at War Memorial
Colonials record third straight podium finish at MAISA coed conference championship
For the third straight year, the 15th-ranked GW sailing team recorded a podium finish at the War Memorial hosted by Hobart & William Smith Colleges last weekend as the Colonials used a strong finish to take third place in the 18-team field.
GW recorded top-two finishes in five of the last seven races, and put together a splendid effort throughout Sunday to overcome a slow start. Sailing with southerly winds at 20-24 knots on Saturday, the Colonials found themselves in 10th place through the completion of race 4A before beginning their charge.
Andrew Sheerin and Matt Homa took a third-place finish in race 4B that began a run of four consecutive top-six results. The duo then won race 7B which was the final heat of the day and moved GW into a tie for sixth.
“After a really slow start and kind of a rough first day in extremely heavy breeze where we had a hard time getting things going, the team really rallied,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We were able to get a little momentum and end Saturday in position to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship.”
On Sunday, the Colonials shot up the leaderboard starting with race 9A, when Kai Friesecke and Andreea Ranney-Pace finished third. Sheerin and Homa followed with a second-place finish and GW claimed back-to-back wins in races 10B and 11A to move into third, a spot it would hold through completion of the competition.
“The goal Sunday was just to keep rallying, keep working hard and show people what we can do and we definitely did that,” said Martin. “We showed really great boat speed and boat handling.”
Fourth-ranked Hobart & William Smith took the championship, while No. 1 Georgetown was runner-up. SUNY Maritime and No. 13 St. Mary’s rounded out the top-five. With the third-place finish, GW moves on to the coed Atlantic Coast Championships, which will be held Nov. 11-12 at SUNY Maritime.
“We showed we can sail with the best of them,” said Martin. “It was great to see them put together an all-star performance on Sunday and come away with a great finish. I’m really proud of the team and it was a very exciting comeback.”
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