GW Sailing Prepared for Championship Racing

Both India Johnstone and Maria Sinagra will compete in the MAISA Women's Fall Championship this weekend


Oct. 22, 2015

This Week: The GW sailing program will compete in three regattas: the MAISA Women's Fall Championship at St. Mary's, the MAISA Match Race Championship at the US Merchant Marine Academy, and the KP Dinghy Open at the US Merchant Marine Academy.

MAISA Women's Fall Championship: Headed to the event will be skippers Maria Sinagra, Hannah McNomee, India Johnstone, and Miranda Bakos, and crews Madison Oleson, Gabriella Malek, Belle Strachan, and Kia Olsson. The exact A and B division boats will depend on the wind conditions. 

"The MAISA Women's is going to be very exciting," said head coach John Pearce. "The top seven teams will qualify for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC's), and we feel confident in our chances to qualify for the Women's ACC's for the second year in a row. Beyond the primary goal of qualifying for ACC's, we are definitely also in the hunt to win the regatta this weekend, and we will be looking to make a statement. We come into the regatta ranked seventh in the country, and we are still improving as a team."

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MAISA Match Race Championship: Representing GW will be skipper Colin Kennedy and crews Wade Wagner, Emma Mendenhall and Sam Mandell.

"The MAISA Match Race Championship is held in larger boats with a crew of four sailors, so it's a little different than most of our traditional regattas. The top two teams will qualify for the ICSA Match Race Nationals, and it will be a fierce battle among all eight teams for those top two spots. After finishing third last year, we definitely feel like we are contenders at this year's regatta.

KP Dinghy Open: GW will send two teams at the event which is a regional regatta and gives the Colonials an opportunity to show their depth. The two teams for GW will be:

Colonials 1: A Division - Daniel DelBello & Alexander Delbello; B Division - Derek Poon-Tip & Shira Golub

Colonials 2: A Division - Adam DiDomizio & Matt Homa, B Division - Sam White& Alexandra Fayer

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In the Rankings: The GW women's team ranks seventh in the nation in the latest Sailing World college poll. The Colonials are also just outside the top 20 as the third team receiving votes in the co-ed poll. 

Looking Ahead: GW starts the final stretch of the fall season next weekend as it heads to the War Memorial at Cornell, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Following that, the Colonials have four weekends left of competition.



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