Coach Pearce Lands GW Sailing's First Recruiting Haul

GW sailing second-year head coach John Pearce has added four talented newcomers to the 2013-14 roster for the program's first-ever recruiting class.

June 25, 2013

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WASHINGTON - George Washington sailing Head Coach John Pearce will welcome four incoming freshmen this fall as part of the second-year program's first recruiting class.



Coach Pearce has added Daniel DelBello, Colin Kennedy and Madison Oleson from the Northeast and Brendan Shanahan from the Southeast to the Colonials' roster for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.

"This is GW sailing's first recruiting class as a varsity sport and they bring a huge amount of talent and experience to the team," said Coach Pearce. "Daniel, Colin and Brendan have excellent track records in the Laser class, which is an Olympic discipline and extremely competitive. They will bring a lot of physicality and speed to the table right away. Madison has a lot of experience in the two-person 420 class and will be a great addition to our team in women's and coed competition."

Daniel DelBello (Bedford N.Y., Fox Lane High School)
- 3rd Place, 2012 US Sailing Youth National Championships, Laser Class
- 2nd Place, 2012 ISSA High School National Championships, Laser Class
- 12th Place, 2012 Laser North American Championships, Laser Class

Colin Kennedy (East Williston N.Y., Regis High School)
- 1st Place, Mid Atlantic High School Singlehanded Championships, Laser Class
- 5th Place, 2012 US Sailing Men's Singlehanded Championships, Laser Class
- 61st Place, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Laser Class

Madison Oleson (Hopkinton Mass., Hopkinton High School)
- 1st Place, 2011 Southern Maine Regionals, 420 Class
- US Sailing Level 2 certified racing coach

Brendan Shanahan (Tierra Verde Fla., Shorecrest High School)
- 5th Place, 2012 ISSA High School National Championships, Laser Class
- 6th Place, 2012 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Laser Class
- 5th Place, 2011 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Radial Class

"Each of them have impressed me with solid character and great work ethic, and I'm sure they'll be strong additions to the GW Athletics community," added Coach Pearce. "Additionally, we have several promising walk-on athletes that will be joining the team in the fall."

The quartet of newcomers will join 16 returners for a fall season that opens with the MAISA Laser South Qualifier in Annapolis, Md., and Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 14 and 15. GW sailing's full fall schedule can be found here.

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