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ABOUT ME

I started my sailing endeavors in the Optimist Dinghy at age 8 through the Lauderdale Yacht Club program. However, it wasn’t till I decided to dedicate my life to the sport at age 12 that I started to win titles with Coach Ben Williams. He saw something in me that no one else saw and with his encouragement I won two consecutive Girl’s National Championships, placed 4th in the Coed National Championship, and qualified to compete all over the world for my country giving me international experience at a young age.

Moving up from the Opti, I was inspired to pursue a career in the Laser Radial due to two strong influences and coaches, Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Beijing Laser Radial Gold Medalist) and Brad Funk (Multi-olympic campaigner). In the Radial, I qualified to represent the United States in the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey bringing home a bronze medal. Shortly after Turkey, I traveled to Largs, Scottland where I won my first ILCA Youth World Championship. The following year I qualified again for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia, this time earning a silver medal. Later in 2011, I was able to defend my title as the ILCA Youth World Champion making it my second World Champion title. That year I also competed in and won the United States Youth Championship consisting of the top sailors in the country from age 15-19. Ending my youth career in 2012, I was able to solidify a third World Championship title in Boltenhagen, Germany in the U21 Division while placing 8th overall in the Women’s Division.

Moving out of the youth circuit, I went on to pursue College Sailing goals at Boston College with Coach Greg Wilkinson. During my three years there, I learned how to be teammate, leader, and champion. In 2017, my team pushed me to become the first person to win four Singlehanded National Championships. Throughout my college sailing career, I was a four-time Women’s All-American, Coed All-Amercan, three-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Finalist later earning the title in 2017, and a College Sailor of the Year Finalist. Other accolades received at Boston College include four Women’s MVP Awards and a Leadership Award from the Athletic Department. In the spring of 2017, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Geosciences and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. 

Now, embarking on my first full-time olympic campaign as a college graduate, I have my sights fixated on gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games. I have never been more excited to have the opportunity put all my effort into my dream. There is nothing I want more in the world than to bring home a gold medal for my country. I have had this dream since I was 12 and it has never once left my mind. This is my life's purpose.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two-time USODA Women's Optimist National Championship (2007 & 2008)
  • Two-time ILCA Radial Youth Word Champion (2010 & 2011)
  • Two-time ISAF Radial Youth World Medalist (2010 & 2011)
  • United States Radial Youth Champion (2011)
  • Under 21 Radial World Champion (2012)
  • USVI Radial Olympic Games Coach (2012)
  • North American Champion (2012)
  • Four-time US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Finalist (2011, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • Four-time College Singlehanded National Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Four-time Collegiate All-American (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • EUROSAF Kiel Week Champion (2015)
  • Melges 32 (Volpe) World Champion (2016)
  • Quantum Women's Sailor of the Year (2017)
  • ISAF World Championship Test Event (2017) - SILVER
  • Miami World Cup Series Event (2017) - 6th
  • EURILCA European Championship (2017) - 6th
  • Gamagori World Cup Series Event (2017) - 5th
  • Enoshima Olympic Week Champion (2017)
  • US ROLEX YACHTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR (2017)
  • Hyerés World Cup Event (2018) - 6th
True confidence is being secure in the knowledge that fully committing to training and competing with excellence is enough, even if that excellence doesn’t produce victories.
— Ben Bergeron (Chasing Excellence)