Georgetown sailors named to U.S. Development Team

Charlie Buckingham and Leah Volk, two senior members of Georgetown’s sailing team, were invited to join the 2011 U.S. Sailing Development Team earlier this week.

The 55-person team, which is supported by U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Committee, trains young sailors to compete at the Olympic level.

Buckingham, who won the 2010 Intercollegiate Sailing Association men’s singlehanded national sailing championship, will train on a single-person dinghy known as a Laser. But, he’s no stranger to accolades; in 2009, he appeared in Sports Illustrated and was honored as the nation’s top collegiate sailor.

Volk was chosen for the 470, a two-person dinghy.

“In addition to competing in regattas against the best national and international sailors, the USSDT will participate in a number of training camps throughout the year including the Performance Enhancement Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs,” Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen said in a press release.

Buckingham and Volk aren’t the first Hoyas with gold-medal hopes. In 2008, Georgetown graduate Andrew Campbell competed at the Beijing Olympics.

Photos: Georgetown Athletics

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