June 3, 2012
Austin, Texas (June 2, 2012) – The Quantum Women’s College Sailor of
the Year award and ICSA Women’s All-American Team were announced at
the final banquet for the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National
Championships in Austin, Texas at the Austin Yacht Club.
The Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year award annually honors
an individual who has performed at the highest level of competition in
district and national championships. The ICSA All-America committee
evaluates with great detail all of the finalists’ results and
calculates the winner. Quantum believes that women sailors should
receive the same recognition that male sailors receive in the sport to
acknowledge women’s’ excellence in sailing and continue to foster its
Past winners of this award include Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012
Olympic U.S. Sailing Sperry Top-Sider Team member, Anna Tunnicliffe
(Old Dominion University) of Team Maclaren and Genny Tulloch (Harvard
University) a U.S. Sailing Sperry Top-Sider Team member.
The finalists this year were Sydney Bolger (Georgetown University) and
Anne Haeger (Boston College), both graduated seniors.
While it was close between the two women Bolger came out on top having
stronger finishes in women’s regattas. She won A-division in nearly
every women’s regatta she sailed this year. Bolger is a four-time ICSA
Women’s All-American skipper and an accomplished international
competitor. She has been named to the 2012 U.S. Sailing Olympic
Development Team for the Women’s 470 Class.
“I am extremely honored [to receive this award], especially being a
finalist alongside Anne Haeger, who is a fantastic sailor,” Bolger
says. Achieving this honor is something she says she aspired to going
into her freshman year of college.
Bolger credits her parents and her grandfather for being the driving
force behind her getting into sailing. She says her grandfather has
sailed Sabots his whole life and even at age 85 has been known to get
back into the boat. Bolger started sailing at the Alamitos Bay Yacht
Club (Long Beach, Calif.) in the junior program at age eight.
Bolger was a Government major at Georgetown and a French minor. She
will enjoy a short hiatus this summer and travel overseas to Paris.
But in the fall, Bolger says she will move to Miami and pursue her
dream of an Olympic campaign in the Women’s 470 class.
The guidelines for All-America selection evaluate a competitor based
on their competitive record in conference and North American
Championships. Beyond that the committee analyzes how this record
compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the
record was achieved in, the span of the record over the fall and
spring seasons, results achieved with different crews, and how the
record compares to previous All-American winners in previous years.