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CRONIN, FILTER AND HABERLAND WIN BRONZE
AT 2004 YNGLING WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONS
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (May 15, 2004) – It would seem fitting that on the day the
Preakness Stakes were run, the U.S.A.'s representatives to the Olympics in
sailing's newest discipline – the women's keelboat event – would earn
comparisons to the legendary racehorse "Silky Sullivan." The Yngling team of
Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.), Liz Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Nancy
Haberland (Annapolis, Md.) have been competing at the 2004 Yngling Women's World
Championship in Santander, Spain. When they were last in Spain, just eight
months ago, for the 2003 Yngling Women's Worlds, they finished a respectable, if
not dazzling, 14th overall. This time around, they rebounded from a painfully
slow start – much like "Silky Sullivan" – in the 37 boat fleet. Day one of the
series saw them place 31 and 20. On day two they wracked up some sizable points
with an alphabet score for crossing the starting line early. But the 10-race
series was far from over: the trio rebounded with two first-place finishes, plus
three more postings in the top 10. Like the infamous horse that started out
slow, Cronin, Filter and Haberland recovered to a bronze medal win.
Compounding the usual pressures of a world championship, this event was the
final country qualifier for the Olympic Regatta, with several nations counting
it as part of their athlete selection trials as well. For Cronin, Filter and
Haberland the bronze medal performance is perfectly timed; with this their best
performance at a world championship, they have answered those who were taken by
surprise when the trio won the U.S.A.'s selection trials. With Opening
Ceremonies exactly 90 days hence, Cronin, Filter and Haberland are heading to
Athens with the validation from this performance which will surely have opened
the eyes of competitors and observers alike.
Finishing one place out of the medals were Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.), with
Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.); while
2003 Yngling Open Worlds Champions Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), Lee Icyda
(Stuart, Fla.) and Suzy Leech (Avon, Conn./Annapolis, Md.) finished 14th overall
in the final standings.
The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Canada will join the 12 previously
qualified nations on the start line at Athens: Spain, Germany, U.S.A., Bermuda,
Denmark, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Australia and The Ukraine.
Greece, as host nation, receives an automatic entry.
The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad will be held August 13-29, 2004, in Athens,
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