GW Sailing Set for First Varsity Regattas This Weekend
Colonials' Sailors to Debut at ODU's Riley Cup and Navy's Laser South
WASHINGTON - George Washington sailing will participate in its first regattas as a varsity program this weekend with sailors competing at both the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va., and Laser South in Annapolis, Md.
The events come just a week after the team conducted its first practice at Washington Marina on the Potomac River, and just over two months after officially joining GW Athletics as its 23rd varsity sport.
"We're excited to take this first step toward building GW Sailing into one of the top varsity programs in the nation," said first-year head coach John Pearce. "With only a week of practice under out belts, we're realistic about our goals for this weekend. However, the foundation that was laid by dedicated club team members both past and present has prepared us for this moment and will undoubtedly help our climb."
Seniors Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussman, junior Will Broman, and sophomores Alexandria Hitchcock and Madeline Taggart will make up the Colonials' crew at the Riley Cup hosted by Old Dominion in Norfolk on Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature fellow varsity programs from Christopher Newport, Georgetown, Hampton, Merchant Marine, Navy, ODU, St. Mary's (Md.) and Washington College (Md.), as well as club teams from American, Fordham, UMBC and Virginia.
Senior Ian Conners and sophomore Alexander Nelson will head to Annapolis to compete in the Laser South, a 20-sailor event on Saturday and Sunday featuring one-person Laser sailboats with entries from Georgetown, Navy, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, St. Mary's (Md.), Villanova and Washington College (Md.).