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Corrie Clement Earns Automatic Berth In Rolex Women's Keelboat Championship

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 23, 2003
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Aug. 23, 2003

Annapolis, Md. (August 22, 2003)-- Corrie Clement (Metarie, La., a three-time ICSA All-American (2001-2003) from Old Dominion University and recently named ICSA's Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year, has accepted a special invitation to compete in the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) this September.

The invitation, reserved for the country's top female college sailor, includes the waiving of the regatta's entry fee and assistance in securing a J/22 and housing for the regatta. Rolex IWKC is part of US SAILING's national championship series.

As a senior at Old Dominion University (ODU), Clement won the MAISA Singlehanded Championship to advance to the 2002/03 ICSA /Vanguard North American Women's Singlehanded Championships where she finished fifth overall. At the ICSA North American Women's Championship, she was ODU's A-Division skipper, helping the Lady Monarchs to place third overall.

The Rolex IWKC will be the newly graduated sailor's first international regatta. "I'm looking forward to sailing against all these awesome people," said Clement. "Everyone there will be really good and I just want to have fun, learn something more about sailing and get some good experience."

At this point, Clement's crew is undecided. "I'm hopeful my crew will all be ODU sailors or alumni sailors," she said. What is certain is that Clement's team will provide formidable competition for the international field assembled in Annapolis.

Denise MacGillivray, chair of the US SAILING International Women's Keelboat Committee, commented, "Historically, the regatta has attracted not only the top women's talent in the world but also aspiring sailors just entering the realm of international competition. Corrie will fit right in."

The first college graduating sailor to be awarded this Rolex IWKC distinction was Kaya Haig (Honolulu, Hawaii), who competed in the 2001 event, where she placed 13th out of 61 boats.

Clement, who learned to sail at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, will spend this summer as a sailing coach for the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club before returning to ODU for graduate school. She will study for a doctorate in physical therapy.

For more information, please call Dana Paxton or Marlieke Eaton at US Sailing 1-401-683-0800

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