GW Sailing Begins Spring Season at Competitive Charleston Intersectional

Feb. 14, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington sailing team opens the spring season this weekend against some of the nation's top teams from across five regions at the Charleston Coed Spring Intersectional at the Walker Sailing Complex in Charleston, S.C.

GW's opening regatta of the spring season features a competitive 18-team field consisting of six of the nation's Top 20 programs, including Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) counterparts No. 1 Georgetown, No. 12 Navy and No. 14 Old Dominion. Host and third-ranked College of Charleston and No. 17 USF lead a five-team contingent from the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA), while No. 7 Stanford is one of two Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) schools making the trip to the East Coast. Wisconsin will represent the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA), and Coast Guard highlights four teams competing from the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA).

For the Colonials, senior skipper Ian Conners and senior crew Rebecca Engel will race in the A Division, while freshman skipper Maria Sinagra and sophomore crew Matthew Ricci will compete in the B Division. Seniors Richard Sant and Skye Kussmann will serve as heavy-wind alternates.

"We are excited to kick off our spring season at a very competitive regatta with several of the top teams in the country such as Stanford, College of Charleston, Navy, and Georgetown," said first year head coach John Pearce. "It will be a great opportunity to learn where our strengths and weaknesses lie, and to sharpen our skills racing against top competition. Our goal is to stay focused on the fundamentals and the process of improvement, and if we do that I'm confident we will have a good event and a great spring season."

Here are the teams from across the country that will be competing this weekend at the Charleston Spring Intersectional:

MAISA: Georgetown, Christopher Newport, Navy, Old Dominion, George Washington
MCSA: Wisconsin
NEISA: Salve Regina, Coast Guard, Providence, Wesleyan
PCCSC: Stanford, UC Santa Barbara
SAISA: College of Charleston, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Eckerd, USF



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