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Sailing Monarchs Earn Trip to Nationals With Fourth Place Finish in the America Trophy District Championships

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: April 30, 2000
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NORFOLK, VA. -- The team of Adam Burns (Youngstown, NY.), Heather Pescatello (Westerly, RI.), and Abigail Curran (Osterville, ME.) took first in A Division to help lead the Monarchs of Old Dominion University to a fourth overall finish at the America Trophy District Championships. The fourth place finish qualifies the Monarchs for the ICYRA (Intercollegiate Yaught and Racing Association) Collegiate National Championships at the U.S. Merchant marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, June 5-7.

After 14 races, Hobart-William Smith won the District Regatta title with 97 points, while St. Mary's took second with 105 and Navy edged ODU out for third by one point with 113 points.

The Monarchs A-division boat came up with two first places, and three seconds in 14 races and tallied 43 points, while the B-division boat sailed by Justin Castagne, (Trinidad, W.Indies) Brad Funk (Harbor Bluffs, Fla.), Christine Thomas(Norfolk, Va.) and Elizabeth Biondi (Norwalk, Ct.) took fourth with 71 points. The B-boat tallied one first, one second and four third place finishes.

Last weekend, the Lady Monarchs sailing squad qualified for the women's Collegiate Sailing National Championships to be held, May 28-30 at St. Mary's College in Maryland.

14 Races, Norfolk, Va. ODU Sailing Center

1.  Hobart-Wm. Smith          97
2.  St. Mary's                105
3.  Navy                      113
4.  Old Dominion              114
5.  Georgetown                149
6.  Kings Point               168
7.  Princeton                 222
8.  Washington College        258
9. UM Baltimore-County        267
10.Queens                     284
11. Cornell                   293
12.N.Y. Maritime              329
13. Hampton U.                345
14. Columbia                  347    
15. Salisbury State           348
16. Penn.                     378

B-Division:Justin Castagne, Brad Funk

A-Division (1st place/ 43 pts)
Adam Burns, Heather Pescatello, Abigail Curran

B-Division (4th place/71 pts)
Justin Castagne, Brad Funk
Christine Thomas, Elisabeth Biondi,
Abigail Curran.


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