Sailing Sets Sights on Women's Nationals
Colonials took 10th place a year ago
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The GW sailing team sets its sights on a second consecutive top-10 national finish as it begins competition in the Sperry Women's National Championship on Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Colonials are competing in nationals for the third year in a row, having taken 13th place in 2015 before last year's 10th place result. The four-day event begins with the semifinal round May 23-24 with two regattas of 18 teams, and the top nine from each semifinal move on to the 18-team final May 25-26.
Competing for GW will be Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan and Emma Mendenall in A Division, and Riley Legault, Alexandra Fayer, Sarah Noyes and Sarah Alexander in B Division. Madison Oleson and Aitana Mendiguren will be on hand as reserves.
"It looks like it's going to be stormy this week which could make sailing fairly sporadic," said head coach Billy Martin. "It's important to be mentally strong and be able to turn it on and off if racing gets broken up a bunch. It will be really breezy and the girls are ready for that; we have great team depth to grind it out in these conditions with the best teams in the country. I think the team is feeling really confident after a really good postseason practice week and I think they're super hungry to do really well. We'll have a somewhat conservative strategy Tuesday and Wednesday to try and secure a top-nine spot so that we can really show everyone our stuff when it comes to finals."
Racing begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and live scores for the event can be followed here while complete information for nationals can be seen here. Following women's nationals, GW is set to compete in coed nationals beginning Tuesday, May 30.
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