Brendan Shanahan (right) has helped GW to third place in A Division
May 30, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. — On the first day of competition at the Gill Coed Nationals, the GW sailing team used a torrid start on a difficult day of racing to sit in third place in the Eastern Semifinal.
The Colonials, who are looking to finish in the top nine on Wednesday and advance to the national finals for a second straight year, were in top form early on Tuesday. In A Division, Brendan Shanahan and Andreea Ranney-Pace finished second in race one, and then took victories in races two and three. Meanwhile, in B Division, Kai Friesecke and Miranda Bakos took third place in each of their first two races.
However, a lack of wind would limit the action as sailors spent much of the day waiting. A total of just 10 races were completed while temperatures reached the upper 80s and teams were on the water for nearly nine hours.
“We had a tricky day on the water, only getting in six races in A Division and four in B Division,” said head coach Billy Martin. “The wind really wasn’t cooperating and that with heavy currents and oppressive heat made the racing really difficult. We were out on the water for close to nine hours so it was definitely a long and grueling day and it was tough to stay mentally focused, but we did a good job with that.”
The Colonials slipped from first place to third in A Division with finishes of 10th, 11th and eighth in the last three races of the day, while GW is seventh in B Division after finishes of 14th and eighth in races three and four.
With a score of 61, GW finds itself still in contention behind Dartmouth (55) and Roger Williams (57), while a pack of teams is close behind: College of Charleston (62), Boston University (63) and Hobart & William Smith (63). Stanford (74), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (76) and Rhode Island (78) round out the teams currently in place to qualify for the finals.