Alex Jones, Washington '06
FOWLE TROPHY Georgetown
During his four years at Georgetown University, Andrew Campbell established himself as one of the best collegiate singlehanded sailors ever, winning three ICSA/ Vanguard Singlehanded National Championships. Yet, Campbell says it was his team's win in the ICSA/Lay-line Team Race Champs last June at the College of Charleston (S.C.) that makes him most proud.
"Winning the team racing was the most important to me this year," says Campbell. "We have qualified so many times and haven't won it since 2001. People still talk about the 2001 Georgetown team; it feels pretty good to be on the same level as them."
The team racing win, along with his other achievements this year—the most dominant performance by any college sailor in many years—earned Campbell his third AH-Ameri-ca selection and the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the ICSA College Sailor of the Year.
"I thought it was a possibility," says Campbell, from San Diego. "But I tried not to worry about it because there were
bigger things to work for. It's an honor for me, but you can't do it without a good team."
To no one's surprise, Campbell dominated the fall single-handed events, winning the collegiate title by 15 points. He finished his collegiate career having won every single-handed regatta he entered.
But Campbell proved he was more than just a one-event wizard last fall, snaring second at the sloop champs.
After helping Georgetown win the team racing, he took first in A division in the coed dinghy champs, with Georgetown second by 6 points.
Degree in hand, Campbell has again set his sights on the Olympics. "I feel more prepared," he says. "I have three more years of college sailing under my belt, and all the extra experience adds up because you've seen that many more situations. That's something I didn't have before."
O'REILLY FINIS HES STRONG
After not qualifying for the collegiate women's singlehanded championship last fall, Alana O'Reilly knew winning the 2006 Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year award would be an uphill battle.
"I knew it was going to be tough," says O'Reilly, who graduated from the College of Charleston in early May, "but I was able to get good finishes all year, especially at Nationals, and that helped me out in the formula."
At last May's InterCollegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship, O'Reilly won A division by 23 points and led Charleston to its first women's title. "It was my last college regatta and it was really nerve-racking, because I wanted to do well," she says. "We had a great team, especially the freshmen who really came through to support me. It was great to leave a mark at the school." -f.r.
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