Colonials to Set Sail on 2017-18 Season

Sept. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON -- After top-15 finishes at nationals in both the coed and women’s divisions last spring, the GW sailing team will open its 2017-18 season with high hopes once again as it competes in four regattas this weekend.

The Colonials return every starter from the women’s squad which was 13th at nationals, while three of four sailors return for the coed team that took 12th. Leading the way will be senior captain Kai Friesecke, who along with the graduated Brendan Shanahan became the first Colonials to ever receive All-America honors last season.

Also back are four-year starters Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan, and six more seniors who will give GW plenty of talent and veteran presence. Five freshmen are new to the mix while a host of sophomore and juniors bring experience to give the Colonials a measure of depth that head coach Billy Martin expects to be a team strength.

SAILOR’S SAY: Watch what Martin, Friesecke and Bakos had to say heading into the first weekend of competition.


• Anderson Trophy at Yale: Friesecke and freshman Tanner Chapko will sail in A Division of the coed event. Bakos and Strachan will sail in B Division, while junior Andrew Sheerin and senior Matt Homa are reserves.

• Riley Cup at Old Dominion: Juniors Sam Mandell and Marie Line are in A Division, juniors Drew Bennett and Keily Gleason are in B Division, and sophomore Marshall McCraw is a reserve.

• Radial Open at Navy: Junior Riley Legault sails for GW in the singlehanded event.

• Laser South at Navy: Junior Adam DiDomizio and freshman Soenke Jordan set sail in the laser event.

FOLLOW: Results from each regatta can be found at



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