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Sailing Alumnae Continue to Succeed

April 9, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College sailing coach Greg Wilkinson has developed a strong program at the Heights as proven by the success of recent graduates.

Former BC teammates Briana Provancha and Annie Haeger captured the bronze medal in the women's 470 this past weekend in the final day of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Provancha and Haeger went into the medal race in overall fifth place. The two former Eagles won the first two races of the day and placed seventh in the third race to seal the bronze medal in the regatta.

"We were more focused on improving race to race, rather than the overall results," said Haeger, who was the recipient of the 2012 Eagle of the Year. "We are happy to prove ourselves in the fleet and climb up the ranks in the next couple of regattas."

Haeger and Provancha graduated last year from Boston College where they were members of the school's sailing team. They credited that experience.

"We knew we had a big college sailing benefit for us," explained Provancha. "Shifty, puffy, which is pretty much what New England sailing is all about. We were really lucky to have a solid four years of that and it really helped us out."

The next regatta for the two is the Spring Cup, a five-day regatta before ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, to prepare for the European season.

Gold and silver went to Brazil and Great Britain, respectively.

Check out Briana and Annie's interview

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