GW Sailing Begins Quest for Nationals at MAISA Women's Championship
Colonials Seek Top-Six Finish to Secure ICSA Women's Nationals Berth
April 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - GW sailing will travel to three regattas this weekend highlighted by the MAISA Women's Spring Championship in Ithaca, N.Y., with a spot in next month's ICSA Women's National Championship on the line.
GW finished seventh at last spring's MAISA Women's Championship, just one spot shy of qualifying for ICSA Women's Nationals in its first varsity season. With another year of experience under their belt, the Colonials are primed to jump into the top six in the 14-boat fleet to secure a nationals bid.
MAISA Women's Championships at Cornell
A Division: Hannah McNomee (skipper), Erin McCormack (crew)
B Division: Maria Sinagra (skipper), Kaitlin Denney (crew)
Alternate skipper: Alex Hitchcock
Alternate crew: Gabriella Malek
Coach Pearce: "We've improved tremendously over the last few months and this is our chance to really showcase our abilities and qualify to sail in the Nationals in May. We need to be aggressive and relentless throughout the regatta, minimizing points at every opportunity throughout the 14 races."
Admirals Cup at Merchant Marine
A Division: Brendan Shanahan (skipper), Jennifer Wilson (crew), Matthew Ricci (alternate crew)
B Division: Daniel DelBello (skipper), Meagan Murphy (crew)
C Division (singlehanded laser): Colin Kennedy
Coach Pearce: "This is a top intersectional regatta and our final tune-up event prior to the MAISA Coed Championship, which is also at Kings Point (USMMA) next weekend. It's a good chance to get used to the conditions and sail the same boats as the MAISA Championship, plus the competition will be top-notch."
Greater NY Dinghy Regatta at Fordham
A Division: Jay Spector (skipper), Sarah McCormack (crew)
B Division: Benjamin Helfand (skipper), Henry Young (crew)
Coach Pearce: "This is another tough coed event with MAISA and NEISA teams competing. We finished 12th last year and we are hoping to crack the top 10 this year."
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