Sailing Concludes Fall Season at Atlantic Coast Championships
Colonials finish ninth at coed ACCs, 13th at women’s ACCs
The GW sailing team closed its fall season last weekend at the Atlantic Coast Championships, with the coed squad taking ninth and the women’s team taking 13th.
GW’s ninth-place result at the coed regatta is their best in program history after taking 14th in 2015 and 11th last season.
“This was the hardest fleet we’ve seen in both women’s and coed competition this season,” said head coach Billy Martin. “The competition level is essentially as close as you can get to the national championship. Really invaluable lessons were learned.”
“We showed our depth,” said Martin. “We were missing our B Division starting skipper in Andrew Sheerin and we had our third skipper jump in. Derek and Shira were great, they had a really solid event. We didn’t see Kai and Andreea’s best stuff this weekend but even without their best they finished 10th which shows how good they are.”
Meanwhile, the Colonials missed out on a third consecutive top-10 finish at women’s ACCs with their 13th place result. Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan were 11th in A Division and Riley Legault and Alexandra Fayer took 13th in B Division.
“Even though for the women’s team, coming in 13th didn’t meet our goal, it was a solid performance,” said Martin. “As long as we’re walking away with a road map of how to progress in the spring that’s what it’s all about. I still think we have areas we need to improve on and we can compete at a much higher level so hopefully we can use this as motivation moving forward.”
The Colonials now break for the winter before returning to action in February, when they’ll set out to return to the ICSA National Championships at the end of the season.
“It was a good fall season and I’m proud of all the hard work we put into it,” said Martin. “I think we learned a lot and we’ll be hungry come February.”
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