Anna Tunnicliffe Sails to Silver At World University Games
By ODU Athletics
Aug. 20, 2005
IZMIR, Turkey - Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif./Georgetown University/Laser) and Anna Tunnicliffe (Norfolk, Va./Old Dominion University/Laser Radial), the 2005 Women's Collegiate Sailor of the Year sailed in with the gold and silver medal respectively on the final day of the Sailing competition at the 2005 Summer World University Games.
A strong second place finish is race eleven and a solid sixth in race twelve pushed Campbell past home country favorite Turkey's Kemal Mutlubas for the gold medal.
Tunnicliffe who entered the day in second place needing to finish ahead of Poland's Katarzyna Szotynska was unable to do so, finishing eighth and fourth to Szotynska's sixth and first.
"I'm pretty excited about how the overall event went," said Tunnicliffe. "My goal was to get a medal and to come away with the silver is pretty exciting. The Polish girl (Szotynska) that beat me sailed an excellent regatta. She is really fast, so it was good to be right there with her the whole regatta. I'm pretty excited with how it went. It is a good step forward going toward the Olympics (Beijing in 2008)."
Tunnicliffe is the only collegiate sailor to win three straight ICSA Singlehanded National Championships. The three-time All-American was also the ODU Alumni Association's Female Athlete of the Year, the Norfolk Sports Club Tom Scott award winner and a two-time Portsmouth Sports Club Collegiate Female Athlete of the Year.
Brendan Fahey (Kingston, Wash./University of Washington) finished 12th in the overall regatta standings. He posted a 15th and 13th today. "I finished in the top half, which is what I wanted to do," said Fahey. "There are a lot of good sailors here, obviously and I was happy to end up 12th. Of course you always want to do better, but I'm pretty pleased. It (the World University Games) was an awesome experience. Izmir is great."
With half of his team winning medals, USA Head Coach and Team Leader Gary Bodie (Hampton, Va.) was very pleased with the performance of the U.S. at the 2005 Summer World University Games,
"It is a great feeling," said Bodie. "We sailed really well today and came through with a gold and a silver. It was a fabulous ending for us. It (WUGs) is a great stepping stone for sure. Andrew has a gold medal in the Youth Worlds to match this gold medal at the World University Games. Both Andrew and Anna are really making strides toward the ultimate goal (making the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team). Their experience here is invaluable."
The team will march in the Closing Ceremony of the 2005 Summer World University Games tomorrow, August 21 at Ataturk Stadium before departing for the United States.
Final Results: for the United States. Final Results: Women's Laser Radial Overall Standings - Top Three Plus U.S. Finishers Name (Country)/Current Place/Race Finish, (current drop race) & Net Points Katarzyna Szotynska (Poland)/Gold/1/1/(7)/2/(6)/3/2/1/3/1/6/1 - 21 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)/Silver/2/4/6/1/(10)/1/1/3/1/2/(8)/4 - 25 Krystal Weir (Australia)/Bronze/(6)/5/3/6/2/(9)/3/4/2/5/5/2 - 37 Jenny Gervais (USA)/15th/17/16/(18)/10/7/14/17/16/16/19 DNF/16/16 - 145
Men's Laser Overall Standings - Top Three Plus U.S. Finishers Name (Country)/Current Place/Race Finish, (current drop race) & Net Points Andrew Campbell (USA)/Gold/3/5/5/3/1/1/2/(7)/(7)/6/2/6 - 34 Kemal Mutlubas (Turkey)/Silver/2/4/2/9/2/(11)/3/6/2/2/10/2 - 34 Johann Cechosz (France)/Bronze/1/1/10/4/3/3/(26 OCS)/4/(26 DSQ)/7/3/1 - 37 Brendan Fahey (USA)/12th/17/18/19)/8/(22)/4/11/10/13/13/15/13 - 121 For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker at 011-90-555-661-2140. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.