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US Olympic Qualifying Regatta Day 2

Three Teams Rise to the Top of the Round Robin Board

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 27, 2011) – With the two round robins near completion at the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, three teams have clearly risen to the top of the overall standings with only four matches dropped among them. Anna Tunnicliffe’s and Genny Tulloch’s teams are tied at the top with 10 wins, one loss, while Sally Barkow’s team is close behind with nine wins, two losses. Once the two round robins are completed on Friday, the top four teams will advance to the Semi-Final Round.

Tunnicliffe, who sails as Team Maclaren with Molly Vandeomoer and Debbie Capozzi, won all four matches, while Tulloch’s team of Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin won three and lost one to Stephanie Roble and her team of Darby Smith and Maggie Shea.

The first seven flights of the second  round robin took place on Biscayne Bay under the watchful eye of Principal Race Officer Tom Duggan, event chairman Ron Drucker and the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee.

With three of the four slots in the Semi-Finals all but assured, the stage is now set for the fourth team to qualify. Roble’s team stands with 7 wins, six losses and has one match left to sail in the round robin. If she can defeat her last opponent, she advances. If not, the door opens for Becca Dellenbaugh’s and Maegan Ruhlman’s teams.
At stake is one of four berths in the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 in Weymouth, U.K. In addition, the event winner and runner-up both qualify for the ISAF Combined World Championships, Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia.

The Key Biscayne Yacht Club’s Race Committee is maintaining its watch on the developing storm in the Atlantic Ocean. Any changes to the racing schedule will be posted on the event website http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

Provisional results through Round Robin 2, with win-loss records:

Anna Tunnicliffe 10–1
Sally Barkow 9–2
Genny Tulloch 10-1
Maegan Ruhlman 4-8
Becca Dellenbaugh 6-7
Stephanie Roble 7-6
Kaity Storck 1-11
8. Sandy Hayes 0–10

Racing continues daily through Sunday, Oct. 30. For daily recaps, results and photos, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

About the 2011 US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Women’s Match Racing
Organized by US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) and Key Biscayne Yacht Club, the ISAF Grade 3 event is scheduled for Oct. 26-30, and will determine the top four teams who will advance to the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team berth in Women’s Match Racing. The winning team will qualify for the USA berth at the following events: ISAF Combined World Championships (Dec. 3-17, 2011 in Perth, AUS); US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR (Jan. 23-28, 2012 in Miami, Fla.); Princess Sofia Regatta (March 31-April 6, 2012 in Palma, ESP); French Sailing Week (April 20-27, 2012 in Hyeres, FRA); and the 2012 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship (TBD).
The event page where results, recaps and photos are posted: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

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