GW Sailing Set for Competitive War Memorial Regatta
Colonials to Compete in First MAISA Fall Coed Championship as Varsity Program this Weekend
Oct. 26, 2012
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - The George Washington sailing team will make its first-ever varsity appearance at the War Memorial Regatta - the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association's (MAISA) Coed Fall Championship - this weekend in Kings Point, N.Y.
The Colonials had to qualify for the competitive 18-team conference championship event and did so with their fifth-place showing at the South #2 Regatta on Oct. 7. GW returns to Kings Point and the Long Island Sound for the second straight week following an 11th-place showing out of 20 teams at last weekend's Kings Point Dinghy Open.
The 18-team War Memorial field includes seven nationally ranked programs - No. 1 Georgetown, No. 7 St. Mary's (Md.) College, No. 12 Old Dominion, No. 13 Navy, No. 14 Hobart and William Smith, No. 18 SUNY Maritime and No. 19 Fordham. GW will also compete against Christopher Newport, Cornell, Drexel, Kings Point, Princeton, Stevens, Buffalo, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington College (Md.).
"The team is going to strive to finish as well as possible at this ultra-competitive regatta, but our primary objective will be on taking it one race at a time, and keeping our focus and energy level up all weekend," said first-year head coach John Pearce. "The forecast is for moderate wind on Saturday and heavy wind on Sunday, so we will be bringing several alternate crews to substitute in depending on the conditions."
In A Division, senior Ian Connors will skipper with senior Becca Engel at crew. In B Division, freshman skipper Maria Sinagra will be joined by sophomore crew Meagan Murphy. Seniors Skye Kussmann, Richard Sant and Sloan Dickey, and freshman Henry Young will serve as alternate crews.
The top seven teams at the War Memorial Regatta move on to the Atlantic Coast Championship back at Kings Point on Nov. 10 and 11, while the 7th through 14th-place finishers qualify for the Atlantic Coast Tournament in St. Mary's City, Md., on Nov. 10 and 11.