July 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team, representing the United States, won the 2014 World University Match Racing Championships, held on Lake Ledro in Trentino, Italy. The six-day championship concluded on Saturday as the Hoyas defeated defending world champion Australia, 2-0, in the finals.
The Blue & Gray earned the right to represent the United States after winning the 2014 Intercollegiate (ICSA) Match Racing National Championships in November. The Hoya foursome completed the event with an overall record of 13-1.
Going 7-1 in the first round, the Hoyas quickly proved they were more talented than their ranking suggested with wins over Singapore, Great Britain, Russia, Poland and Canada.
The GU foursome of Nevin Snow, AJ Reiter, Alex Post and Katia DaSilva advanced to the quarterfinal round where they met the home team Italy, a squad that emerged from the repachage round. The United States defeated the Italians 2-0, advancing to the second round.
With a decisive 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten squad from Japan, the United States was pitted against Australia, a team that defeated France, 2-1, in the previous semifinal.
The Australian squad was the defending champion and ranked 24th in the world. The final match was hard fought and close but the Hoyas recorded the 2-0 win to bring the world title to the shores of the United States.