Olympic Test Event Champions Annie Haeger And Briana Provancha Qualify For The Genuine Deal

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:57 PM

They achieved their qualification score during racing at the four hundred seventy European Championship in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the second event in the U.

Olympic Test Event Champions Annie Haeger And Briana Provancha Qualify For The Genuine Deal

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha have qualified to represent the United States in the women’s four hundred seventy class at the Rio two thousand sixteen Olympic Games in August. They achieved their qualification score during racing at the four hundred seventy European Championship in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the second event in the U. S. Olympic qualification process for women’s four hundred seventy.

They entered the Palma regatta with a two-point lead over contenders Sydney Bolger and Carly Shevitz by virtue of their sixth-place finish at the four hundred seventy world championship in San Isidro, Argentina, in February. They used this week’s racing to open a edge wide sufficient over Bolger and Shevitz to safe their ticket to Rio.

The duo already has tasted triumph in the Brazilian waters where the Olympic contest will be held, having won the Olympic Test Event held in August two thousand fifteen. That win was preceded by a bronze medal at the four hundred seventy European Championship in Aarhus, Denmark, one month prior.

The win at the Olympic Test Event was the first gold medal they've won, in addition to five other podium finishes since two thousand thirteen. That includes three bronze medals in world cup contest to go along with the one they took at latest year’s European championship. Their lone silver medal came at the two thousand thirteen Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medernblik, Netherlands.

Although their roots are in two totally separate regions of the country – Haeger is from E Troy, Wisconsin, while Provancha hails from San Diego, CA – they found their common dream at the two thousand seven ISAF Youth World Championship in Kingston, Ontario. That's where Provancha achieved her breakout triumph and Haeger took the silver in Laser Radial. Both point to their standing on the podium in Kingston as the moment when the spark of their Olympic dream flared to life.

Teammates on the Boston College sailing team, they won the ICSA women’s doublehanded nationals as seniors in two thousand-twelfth. Haeger enjoyed impressive solo results in college, including three ICSA women’s singlehanded national championships and recognition as a four-time ICSA All-American. Provancha picked up her share of hardware for Boston College as well, taking three different national titles (two thousand eleven, match racing; two thousand ten, co-ed; two thousand eight, team race).

U. S. sailors who already have earned the spots in Rio are: Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris in the 49er class; Paris Henken and Helena Scutt in the 49er FX; Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee in Nacra seventeen; two thousand twelve Olympian Paige Railey in Laser Radial; Caleb Paine in Finn; Charlie Buckingham in Laser; Marion Lepert in women’s RS:X; and Pedro Pascual in men’s RS:X. The men’s four hundred seventy team will be determined by the near of the 470 European Championship this week.



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