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May 29, 2002

Hawaii Defends Sailing National Title At Ke'ehi Lagoon

Sailing is a sport that usually doesn't attract much attention. But with the University of Hawaii sailing team hosting the national championships this week, that's about to change.

The month of May began with a lot of hoopla surrounding the UH volleyball team and it's quest for a national championship. The month comes to an end with another UH squad looking for not one, not two, but three national titles. It's the UH sailing team and quietly they are hosting this week's ICSA National Sailing Championship.

To put it simply, the North American Sailing Championship is the Super Bowl of collegiate sailing. It's 3 events, spread over 9 days. The women hit the water Wednesday in the first event of the week.

The Rainbow Wahine sailors are defending national champions, having won it all last year in Boston Harbor. For coach Andy Johnson, one of his top sailor's is Molly O'bryan. Twice an All-American, looking to close out her UH career with back-to-back national titles.

When the UH women won their nationals sailing championship, they did it in relative obscurity. Getting nothing close to the attention given to the volleyball Warriors, when they won it all earlier this month.

Thru day 1 of 3 in the women's event, Old Dominion is your leader with Hawaii in second. But there's a lot of sailing left out there at Ke'ehi. The women wrap up on Friday. Then the team championships go from the 2nd thru the 4th of June. With the co-ed event going June 5th thru 7th.

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