GW Sailing to Race in Four Regattas this Weekend

Andrew Sheerin and Belle Strachan will compete in the South Fall Qualifier this weekend
Sept. 23, 2016

WASHINGTON -- With two weekends of competition already in the books, the GW sailing team turns its attention to a full slate of regattas this Saturday and Sunday, including one conference championship and a pair of qualifiers for conference and national championships.

GW, ranked No. 8 in the latest College Sailing World poll on the women's side, and No. 17 in coed, is set to sail in the South Fall Qualifier, the Faye Bennet MAISA Women's Singles, the Laser Eliminator and the St. Mary's Intersectional.

The Colonials will co-host the South Fall Qualifier with Georgetown and are set to face a competitive field of MAISA teams. The top four teams will advance to the conference championship War Memorial at St. Mary's Oct. 29-30. Set to sail for GW are skippers Brendan Shanahan, Andrew Sheerin, and Derek Poon-Tip, with crew Andreea Ranney-Pace, Briggs D'Eliscu and Belle Strachan.

In singlehanded competition, sophomores Sarah Alexander and Riley Legault will represent the Colonials at the Faye Bennet Regatta for the MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championship at Navy. The conference championship for individual women's competition, the regatta awards a spot in the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship in November to the top five finishers.

The Laser Eliminator is the second-chance qualifier for the Carl Van Dyne, which is the men's singlehanded nationals qualifier and is held Oct. 8-9 at Navy. Freshman Marshall McCraw and sophomore Adam DiDomizio will be competing to finish in the top six and advance to the nationals qualifier.



At the St. Mary's Intersectional, the field of 18 teams includes five of the top-15 teams from the Gill Coed National Championship last spring. Three boats will take the water for GW, featuring Kai Friesecke, Wade Wagner, and Rhodes Garner as skippers, and Katie Lounsbury, Gabriella Malek, and Mercedes McPhee as crew.

Live scores for all four events can be follow here.

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