July 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sailor Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and recent graduate Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) helped lead the Hoyas to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship in June.
Along the way, rising senior Barnard was named the winner of the Everett B. Morris Trophy, presented annually to the College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance in the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year, while Bolger was the recipient of the Quantum Sailor of the Year Award, giving the Georgetown a sweep of the men's and women's awards.
Both Barnard and Bolger were featured in question and answer sessions on SailingWorld.com.
In his interview, Barnard spoke of the disappointment he had in Georgetown's finish during the 2011 season and the determination he and his teammates had coming back this season, when the Hoyas won the national championship.
"My freshman year, I won All-American Honorable Mention and was really excited about that, and I think last year I focused too much on accolades like All-American instead of focusing on what I could control: results on the water," Barnard said. "It showed at Nationals last year; our Nationals didn't go as well and I didn't get All-American. I was really disappointed, so this year I really tried to focus on improving and putting up the results I needed, which made winning the award and All-American that much more special."
Bolger's interview went over the team's win in the A-Division this year, but she also talked her training and how sailing outside of college helped prepare her for this season.
"Once I started sailing internationally, I recognized that attention to detail is really what makes the difference between those who succeed at the highest level and those who do not," Bolger said. "Also, I've learned that if I want to perform at my highest potential, I have to be extraordinarily driven and go into each practice with intensity--it's the people that practice a lot, that are focused and driven to be the best, that rise to the top."
Barnard's interview with Sailing World.com can be found here: http://www.sailingworld.com/racing/college/hoya-wisdom.
Bolger's interview with Sailing World.com can be found here: http://www.sailingworld.com/racing/college/.UA2dityMWP0.gmail.