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Colonials Improve Showing at Atlantic Coast Tournament

Nov. 17, 2013

Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship Results | Atlantic Coast Tournament Results

ITHACA, N.Y. NEW LONDON, Conn. — GW sailing capped its second fall season as a varsity program on Sunday with an eighth-place finish at the Atlantic Coast Tournament and 18th-place showing at the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship.

It was GW’s first appearance at the competitive Women’s ACC regatta as a varsity program, and marked a significant improvement at the ACT after finishing 12th of 14 teams at last fall’s event.

Despite finishing 18th with 307 points over 11 races on Cornell’s Cayuga Lake venue, the Colonials stacked up well against the Women’s ACC’s 18-boat fleet consisting of 13 of the top 15 women’s teams in the nation. No. 3 Dartmouth (112 points) edged top-ranked Boston College (120) by eight points to capture the title, with GW finishing 31 points behind 17th place and No. 14 St. Mary’s (Md.) College.

It was a very challenging fleet. We felt good about some parts of our performance, but we have a lot of areas to improve upon, said Head Coach John Pearce. It was good to see how we stack up against the top-level competition from around the country. Our execution can get better and we’ll focus on refining our technique for the spring season.

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The Colonials’ A Division duo of sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney finished 18th with 160 points, peaking at fifth in Race 8. In B Division, sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack placed 17th with 147 points, opening with a ninth-place showing in Race 1.

Light wind plagued the ACT regatta at Connecticut College and the Thames River, limiting the event to just four races. The Colonials led the 18-boat fleet after Race 1, but slid to eighth with 65 points over four races, 32 points behind event winner Rhode Island.

Both GW boats posted three top-10 finishes, including a Race 1 victory for the A Division duo of freshman Brendan Shanahan and junior Matthew Ricci. who eventually finished ninth with 33 points. The B Division of freshmen Daniel DelBello and Gabriella Malek finished seventh with 32 points.

It was good exposure for us to visit New England and sail against some different teams, added Coach Pearce. We’re pleased with getting eighth place, it’s a good starting point for our freshmen and we’ll look to build on this for the spring.

Check back to in the coming weeks for GW sailing’s complete spring 2014 race schedule.

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