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Ethan Sargent

Ethan Sargent

Ethan Sargent is one of northern California’s top youth Laser sailors, and previously was on the Optimist US National Team.

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Daniela Moroz

Daniela Moroz

I grew up around the sport of windsurfing. My parents were both competitive racers that consistently raced out of Crissy Field in StFYC sponsored events and some national races as well. My dad picked up kitesurfing in 2006. I was about 5 years old at the time, and I found it very exciting to watch. My mom was still windsurfing. When I was big enough to learn either, I chose kiting. I took lessons and fell in love with the sport.

I got into racing course boards in the fall of 2013. Since then, I’ve switched to foiling, and in 2015 was ranked 2nd in women’s overall in the world tour (right behind my idol and training partner Erika Heineken). I was also top 5 in under 18 and under 21. In 2014, I became a junior member of the StFYC. In 2015, support from the St Francis Sailing Foundation allowed me to compete in my first international event.

I am working towards competing in the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics for kiting. In the next season, I plan to sail clean and to compete in as many international competitions as my school schedule will allow. I am looking forward to representing the StFYC and StFSF in future local, national, and international events.

Now, I am almost 15 years old and a freshman Campolindo High School in Moraga, California.

Achievements

Kite Foil Gold Cup Mexico – 29th overall, 7th in silver Fleet, 3rd youth, 2nd junior, 2nd women’s
San Francisco Classic – 5th overall, 2nd junior, 1st women’s
Kite Foil Gold Cup San Francisco – 29th overall, 29th in gold fleet, 7th youth, 3rd juniors, 2nd women’s
US Kitefoil Youth Nationals – 3rd overall, 1st women’s
Bluerush Thursday Night Kiteracing Series – 13th overall, 2nd junior, 2nd youth, 2nd women’s

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Erika Reineke

Erika Reineke

I started my sailing endeavors in the Optimist Dinghy at age 8. However, it wasn’t till I decided to dedicate my life to the sport at age 12 that I started to win titles. In the Opti, 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 experience to international competition 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 (2009-2011 Coach and current olympic campaigner in the 49er). 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 next year I qualified again for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia, this time bringing home 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. Additionally, that year I competed in and won the United States Youth Championship consisting of the top sailors in the country from age 15-19. 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 in 2012, 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 2015, my team pushed me to become the first person ever to win the Singlehanded National Championship for the third consecutive year. Throughout my college sailing career, I was a three-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Finalist, three-time Women’s All-American, and received recognition as an Honorable Mention in the Coed Division. Other accolades received at Boston College include three-time Women’s Team MVP and a Leadership Award from the Athletic Department.

After a year long deliberation with US Sailing Team Sperry, as well as the Boston College coaching staff and teammates, I decided to take my senior year off to be able to fully pursue my olympic campaign. Even though leaving school and my teammates was the hardest decision I have made yet, I know it was a necessary step to take. I will return to finish out my degree in Environmental Geosciences in the fall of 2016 and have another shot at winning a national title with my team.

I have learned how to be a disciplined athlete during my three years at Boston College and I am excited to show what I have learned on the water. There is nothing I want more in this world than to bring home a gold medal for my country. I have had this goal since I was 12 and it has never once left my mind.

Achievements

2010-2011 – ILCA Youth World Champion
2012 – Under 21 World Champion
2013 – Laser Radial North American Champion
2012-2014 – ICSA Singlehanded National Champion
2013-2015 – ICSA Women’s All-American (Boston College)
2014 – U.S. Ranked #1 in the Laser Radial
2015 – U.S. Ranked #1 in the Laser Radial
2012-2015 – U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Member

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