GW Sailing Wins Quartet of Races to Wrap Fall Semester
Nov. 12, 2012
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. & NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington sailing came away with four race victories as it sent three teams to a pair of regattas to conclude the 2012 fall semester, its first as a varsity program.
Senior Skye Kussmann and freshman Hannah McNomee won two races and freshman Jay Spector and sophomore Madeline Taggart won another at the Brennan Russell Memorial Regatta, while freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Matthew Ricci posted a victory at the Atlantic Coast Tournament.
At the Atlantic Coast Tournament in St. Mary's City, Md., GW finished in 12th place out of 14 teams after 11 races at the event. In the A Division, seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel peaked with a second-place showing in their first race en route to a total of 105 points to finish 13th.
In the B Division, Sinagra and Ricci won the weekend's opening race and amassed 107 points to finish 12th.
"Despite the finish, this regatta provided us some good competition and racing," said head coach John Pearce. "Overall, it was a positive weekend to cap the semester and should help us prepare for the spring season."
At the Brennan Russell Memorial Regatta hosted by Christopher Newport, GW's two entries finished third and fifth out of six teams in 12 races.
The Colonials' first team with Spector and Taggart in A Division and McNomee and Kussmann in B Division totaled 74 points. Spector and Taggart won Race #11 en route to 38 points and second place in their division. McNomee and Kussmann won a pair of races - Nos. 4 and 6 - and place third with 36 points.
Freshman Benjamin Helfand and sophomore Meagan Murphy, and sophomores Alexander Nelson and Jennifer Wilson led the Colonials' second team with 104 points and fifth place. Helfand and Murphy placed second in Races #1 and #10 en route to 50 points and fifth in the A Division, while Nelson and Wilson sailed to sixth in the B Division with 54 points, highlighted by a second-place showing in Race #9.
"A lot of building blocks have been put into place in this first semester," said Coach Pearce. "We are really excited for the spring."