America Trophy Highlights GW Sailing's Weekend Competitions
Colonials Aim for Highest Finish at MAISA Conference Championship
April 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - GW Sailing will aim for its best-ever finish at the MAISA Coed Conference Championship - the America Trophy - this weekend on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md.
GW's best finish of 12th place came as a club team in 2011, and head coach John Pearce says it's his team's goal "to beat that finish this year."
The Colonials will look to do so against 17 other teams, including nationally ranked No. 3 Georgetown, No. 7 St. Mary's (Md.) College, No. 10 Navy, No. 12 Hobart, No. 14 Old Dominion and No. 18 Maritime. GW, which joined the 18 race qualifiers with a second-place finish at the MAISA South Spring Qualifier on March 31, will also face teams from Christopher Newport, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Hobart & William Smith, Kings Point, Monmouth, Buffalo, Penn, Virginia, Washington College and Webb Institute.
Seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel will sail in A Division, and freshman Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney will race in B Division. Coach Pearce will also bring alternate crews for optimal racing in variable conditions, with seniors Sloan Dickey, Skye Kussmann, Richard Sant and freshman Henry Young available.
Coach Pearce will also send a young crew of sailors to the MAISA Spring Open at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, N.Y. Freshman skipper Hannah McNomee and sophomore crew Meagan Murphy will sail in A Division, and freshman skipper Benjamin Helfand and rookie crew Alix Suter will race in B Division. Freshman Michael Ince will serve as heavy-air crew alternate. GW will compete in an 18-team field along with Army, Bucknell, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Fordham, Hobart & William Smith, Kings Point, Maritime, Princeton, Rochester, RPI, Stony Brook, Syracuse, Washington College and William & Mary.
"We are excited to cap off an amazing year with strong finishes at these regattas and at the MAISA Women's Championships and the Arrigan Memorial Regatta next weekend," said Coach Pearce. "We have an incredible group of seniors and with their leadership we have had a great inaugural campaign as a varsity team."