GW Sailing Sets Sail for New Heights in 2013-14
Head Coach John Pearce Leads Program into Second Varsity Season
Sept. 13, 2013
The George Washington sailing program enjoyed a steady climb during its first season as a varsity sport in 2012-13, so much so that the Colonials enter the upcoming 2013-14 campaign receiving votes in the preseason Sailing World College Rankings.
The votes are a good second step for second-year Head Coach John Pearce, who has his program's sophomore-season sights set on further ascending the regional ranks of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) as well as the national ranks of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).
"We definitely have a really big year planned," said Coach Pearce. "We're getting off to an ambitious start in the next couple weeks with some challenging regattas going up against some of the top teams in the country."
The Colonials will be put to the test in 2013-14 armed with an experienced women's team that finished last season ranked seventh in MAISA, and a coed side that will feature a trio of talented freshmen who chose to help build the GW sailing program into a national contender.
"We're particularly excited for our women's team, where we have a really strong group who made it through last year and have transformed themselves into serious varsity athletes," said Coach Pearce. "Our women's team is made up primarily of returners - Hannah McNomee and Erin McCormack in B Division, and Maria Sinagra and Kaitlin Denney in A Division - who just narrowly missed qualifying for women's nationals last spring. They're looking to pick up right where they left off, hopefully get into the national rankings this fall and keep working their way up the standings."
The first recruiting haul of Coach Pearce's tenure features three rookies who will allow GW sailing to make its first foray into Laser-class, single-handed competition.
"Daniel DelBello, Colin Kennedy and Brendan Shanahan all come from competitive, Laser sailing backgrounds and are some of the best in the country at that, so they're going to jump right into the single-handed competition," added Coach Pearce. "They're also transitioning well into the two-person competitions so they're going to be really strong as the year goes on."
In total, Coach Pearce returns 17 sailors from last year's inaugural campaign and has added four freshmen recruits and five rookie walk-ons to complete a roster looking to Raise High the GW Sailing program further up the MAISA and ICSA rankings in 2013-14.