Legault Takes 10th at ICSA Singlehanded Nationals
The junior has finished in the top-10 in all three years of her career
Junior Riley Legault of the GW sailing team took 10th place at the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship last weekend at the University of South Florida, her third consecutive top-10 finish in the event.
Amid very light breeze, racing was close all weekend. Just three points separated first and third place, and just four points separated sixth and 10th place. With winds at 5-7 knots on Saturday, only five races were completed. Competing in a field of the 18 best singlehanded sailors in the nation, Legault captured a victory in race three but closed with 13th and 14th place finishes.
On Sunday, an even slighter breeze of 4-6 knots again made for tricky conditions. Seven more races were completed, with Legault finishing in the top-half of the field in five of them.
“There wasn’t any one ingredient to success on either day,” said head coach Billy Martin. “It was definitely tough to figure out and you had to be really adaptable. The high caliber competition led to some really exciting racing and a bit of a roller coaster of results.”
Sophia Reineke of Boston College took first place with a total of 68 points, just edging out Dana Rohde of Coast Guard (69) and Kelly-Ann Arrindell of College of Charleston (71). Legault finished with a score of 102, four points shy from matching her career-best finish of sixth which she achieved as a freshman.
“Riley did really well,” said Martin. “She wanted to do better than 10th but at the end of the day it’s a great result and she was only four points out of sixth place. Over the course of the whole weekend, it only coming down to four points between sixth and 10th shows the caliber of competition and Riley showed how close she is.”
The Colonials will wrap their fall season this coming weekend when the women’s and coed teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships.
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