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ODU Sailing Set To Compete In Graham Hall Team and St. Mary's Fleet Race

Keith Lucas

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion sailing team is back in action on Saturday and Sunday at the Graham Hall Team race in Annapolis, Maryland and the St. Mary's Women's Fleet Race in St. Mary's Maryland. 

Old Dominion's Open squad heads up to Annapolis for the Graham Hall team race hosted by the Naval Academy out of Annapolis Sailing School. Billed as one of the most challenging team race regattas of the spring season, the Monarchs look to square off against a group of in-conference and out of conference schools, the teams include Georgetown, Yale, Brown, Tufts, Tulane, St Mary's, Navy and others. 

A 16 team event, the first round will be a round robin, which with 16 teams, is 120 total races. After the round robin, the fleet will be split into Gold and Silver for subsequent racing. The Monarchs look to build off of last weekend's success at Georgetown and are starting Rider Odom with sophomore Cadence Goodnight, senior Parker Purrington with sophomore Asia Acosta and sophomore Diogo Silva with senior Ethan Tutt. Going as reserve is sophomore Parker Younger, freshmen Blake Goodwin and Ian Kissell. Racing starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Annapolis Sailing School.

The Women's team will compete in historic St Mary's City at St Mary's College for their spring women's fleet race event. The biggest fleet race event for the women before the conference championships, the Monarchs will be racing against teams from Hobart and William Smith College, Christopher Newport, Georgetown, Cornell, Fordham, George Washington, St Mary's, Northeastern, Vermont, Tufts, College of Charleston, North Carolina State and Tulane. 

The event will consist of up to 15 races sailed over two days. Starting for ODU is senior Elizabeth Gildea with junior Jean Volk, freshman Gianna Dewey rotating in, as well as sophomore Emma Friedauer sailing with freshman Morgan Auth. Freshman Molly Hanson will be a reserve player. Racing starts 10 a.m. Saturday at St Mary's College.