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OLYMPIC UPDATE: Lady Monarch Alumnae Kick Off Sailing Event With Two Races on Saturday

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 09, 2008
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Aug. 9, 2008

QINGDAO, CHINA - Two of the Lady Monarch alums kicked off the sailing events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Saturday with two races in the Yngling class. Sally Barkow ('02-Nashotah, Wisconsin) and Debbie Capozzi ('03-Bayport, New York) finished with a 14th place and a 2nd place effort with teammate Carrie Howe in the first two Yngling races. The event will have eight more races before the medal race on August 14.

The winds at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center were shifty and became increasingly more difficult throughout the day. The first race saw the USA Team struggle to a 14th place effort out of 15 teams, but they turned it around in the second race, finishing second overall. The 15 points is good for the team to be in 9th out of fifteen Ynglings.

The former Monarchs' American team finished 4th and 5th respectively in the 2007 and 2006 pre-Olympic events at Qingdao.

The British team leads the fleet with five points followed by the Canadians with nine total after two races.

Results After Day One:

Team                R1  R2   TOT
1. Great Britain     2   3     5
2. Canada            5   4     9
3. Netherlands       9   1    10
4. Russian Feder.    3   8    11
5. Australia         1  11    12
5. China             7   5    12
5. Finland           6   6    12
8. Germany           8   7    15
9. United States    14   2    16
10. France           4  15    19
11. Spain           11   9    20
12. Greece          10  12    22
13. South Africa    13  10    23
14. Norway          12  13    25
15. Italy           15  14    29

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