Driven to Win
Driven to Win
Your game was certainly on going into the last set when the points were close between Yale, Charleston, and Old Dominion in A division and overall. Old Dominion had a fifteen point lead. You then proceeded to dominate the last set with two first places. What was your game plan?
I knew we were close and we were confident because we had been sailing really well all day. Right after the 18th place on the first day, we just got really tuned in, had a good sense of the shifts, and knew we could start anywhere as long as we were in clear air and not being pinched off. That would kill us so much because we are a little bit lighter. We needed to be free and going. Things just sort of came really easily. I know we looked back at the end of that first race when we won by quite a bit and we were saying to each other, "Wow, where's Charleston?" and thought they were a bit back, and "Wow, where's ODU?" and they were still coming around the top mark. At that point we were like, "Okay, we just need to do this again and we'll be fine." We didn't really know though because we never looked at the scores too much. I'm of the mind that I just want to go out and sail. We have all the skills and the ability, we just need to sail our races and whatever happens to them happens to them. We had already had an 18th place. They could have an 18th place too, and if they don't, then they had beaten us, and good for them.
For the last race of the day, did you sail conservatively or take more risks?
It was actually interesting because it got a little lighter and so we had a little bit more of a fleet advantage. The wind shifted a little bit and I thought they had let the chain out on the boat end of the line. That's where we had been starting the last couple of races and it had been working really well. Should we start at the boat again, because we know we can do it and it is a conservative thing to do, or should we move down to the pin, because it is favored and I know we can win if we win the pin? We knew we could do it, so we headed down to the pin. We had faith, went for it, and starting from the pin we were off.
How does it feel to be two-time all-American and Quantum Sailor of the Year?
It is very exciting. I wish that Marla had the same title because honestly, we've learned so much together and I don't think I could have done it with anyone else. She's such a fantastic crew. Anyway, it was a great way to end my career. It's been an incredible experience.