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Neighborhood Report

3 qualify for U.S. team

The Tampa natives have their eyes on the next Summer Olympics as they compete in sailing.

By JONATHAN MILTON
Published April 28, 2006


For many people, 2008 is far off in the distance. But for three Tampa natives, it's on their minds every day as they dream of making the U.S. Olympic sailing team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

This month, they took an important step by earning spots on the 2006 U.S. Sailing Team.

Genoa Griffin, 26, is a 1998 graduate of Plant High School and a 2003 graduate of the University of South Florida. In 2003, she was named the No. 5 female collegiate sailor in the country. She is ranked fourth in the women's Laser Radial class one-person dinghy.

Evan Brown, 19, graduated from Berkeley Preparatory School in 2004 and attends Stanford University with Caroline Young, 20, who graduated from Plant High School in 2003. The two are skippers on the varsity team and are ranked fourth in the women's 470 class (two-person dinghy).

Rankings are based on attendance and performance at a series of qualifying events.

Before heading to college, the three honed their skills as members of the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation's racing team. The foundation is a nonprofit group that educates young sailors and promotes a sense of competition and pride.

The young women travel around the world for different competitions to showcase and sharpen their skills.

Griffin has competed at regattas in Europe and Australia. Young and Brown recently won the Pacific Coast Women's Championship, which qualifies them for the Intercollegiate National Championships in Charleston, S.C.

At the end of the summer, the three will head to China for a month, where they plan to compete at the Olympics' test regatta in Qingdao, China.

Their path to the 2008 Olympics is expected to cost $250,000, including equipment, coaching and travel expenses.

The Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation is accepting donations, which can be addressed to the Bay Team c/o the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation, P.O. Box 10471 Tampa, FL 33679-0471.

Jonathan Milton can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or milton@sptimes.com.

[Last modified April 27, 2006, 12:51:31]


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