GW Sailing Gunning to Qualify for Nationals at America's Trophy
Colonials Seek to Maintain Momentum from Admirals Cup at MAISA Spring Championship
April 24, 2014
WASHINGTON - After an impressive showing at last weekend's Admirals Cup, GW sailing returns to the Kings Point, N.Y., venue for this weekend's America's Trophy - the MAISA Coed Spring Championship - with a spot in June's ICSA National Championship up for grabs.
GW finished ahead of six top-20 nationally ranked teams en route to sixth place in the 20-boat fleet at last weekend's Admirals Cup hosted by Merchant Marine in Long Island Sound. The Colonials will look for similar results this week to secure a top-eight finish and qualify for the ICSA Coed National Championship in St. Mary's City, Md., on June 5-6.
"It's really important that we stay relaxed and focused on each race of the regatta, not worry too much about the overall standings," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce. "We had a good showing last weekend on those same waters so hopefully that experience will carry over to the beginning of racing."
Coach Pearce will send freshmen skippers Brendan Shanahan and Daniel DelBello to compete in their first America's Trophy. Juniors Jennifer Wilson and Matthew Ricci will crew for Shanahan in A Division, while junior Meagan Murphy and senior Sarah McCormack will crew for DelBello in B Division. Rookie Colin Kennedy will serve as alternate skipper.
Last week's impressive performance at the Admirals Cup vaulted GW into the also receiving votes category of the Sailing World College Coed Top 20. At the America's Cup, the Colonials will face an 18-boat fleet in which half the teams are ranked or receiving votes in the top 20.
GW will also be seeking to better its 12th-place showing in its first varsity appearance at the America's Trophy last spring, a finish which tied the highest-ever in the former club program's history.
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