OLYMPIC SAILING - OUR TWO GIRLS IN THE SEMIFINALS!!!
Who could have scripted this any better? The two ILYA teams are fighting in the final four spots. The semifinals continue today with finals and petit finals to begin also today. In the best of seven, Sally Barkow is 2-1 up on Anna Tunnicliffe. Steph Roble is 2-1 up on Genny Tulloch. You are watching 4 college All-Americans - three from Old Dominion. It's a thrilling day ahead for all four.
Newcomer, neophyte and tough competitor Roble has just earned herself a spot in the next prestigious regatta in Weymouth in May. OPEN UP YOUR WALLETS! This group of Roble, Maggie Shea (from Chicago but also White Lake) and Darby Smith a southern gal just made the commitment two months ago and immediately signed up for an ILYA Foundation account. So consider a donation, no matter how small and help her on her way to train for Weymouth. The US Olympic committee provides very little support - transportation of boats essentially. Our sailors sail from YOUR donations. Click here
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Now for Sally --- it will be a tough battle all the way today. She faces gold medalist (Laser Radial) Anna Tunnicliffe. Both girls are seasoned. Barkow has the advantage of a seasoned crew - compared to Roble. She faces one of her last season's teammates on the Olympic Team Seven. Both Sally and Anna are Rolex Sailors of the Year. This is the epic showdown but was expected to be the finals match rather than this earlier contest. Both girls earned this honor by allowing Tulloch to win the upperhand in the first round robin. All bets are off as they proceed into the semis and later rounds. Sally has a strong support system with loyal donors but it's never enough. Click here
for a Barkow donation.
Support our women with your thoughts and support. Thanks for putting us on the map! Two women fighting for an Olympic spot who live only 15 miles from each other. Congrats to Pine and Beulah fans who will be on their seats today.
HS and then College Singlehanded Nationals
Chicago is the site - travel down to Belmont to watch our finest sailors in the nation the next two weekends. Sailing starts today for the high schoolers - Malcolm Lamphere, Mitchell Kiss, Connor Corgard and Wheeler Morris - our Midwest representatives. Also of note is Nevin Snow who is Mary Allen Brigden's (a past ILYA X champ) son. Good luck, sailors.