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16 April 2004, 02:32 pm
Lovell and Liljedahl Lead
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Star Spring Championship of the Western Hemisphere
New Orleans

Andy LOVELL and crew Magnus LILJEDAHL may have just missed out on selection to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games but they have won both races so far at the ISAF Grade 1 Star Championship of the Western Hemisphere at the Southern Yacht Club, New Orelans, USA.
"I think a lot of our success as of late can be credited to our three months of intense training before the Olympic Trials (last month)," Lovell said. "The training gave us the confidence and mental ability to overcome anything that happens on the water. We executed perfect at one point today, and Magnus looked at me and said, 'We really aced that one.' It was like hitting a hole-in-one."

Lovell and Liljedahl defeated Mark REYNOLDS and Will STOUT in the first race and beat off John MCCAUSLAND and Brad NICHOL in the second.

Two other local sailors and crew, Stephen MURRAY with crew Austin SPERRY, and Guy BRIERRE with crew Buddy CLARKE, also finished in the top 10, in sixth and seventh respectively.
"We finished just boat lengths behind the first three guys in the first race, and we were right where we wanted to be," Brierre said. "We had a little trouble in the second race, but we're only one point out of fifth place and our goal is to finish in the top five."
Olympic gold medallist with Magnus LILJEDAHL in 2000, Mark REYNOLDS now sailing with Will STOUT lies in second place with five points.

Top Ten After Two Races

Position Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Points
1 Andy LOVELL Magnus LILJEDAHL 1 1 2
2 Mark REYNOLDS Will STOUT 2 3 5
3 John MACCAUSLAND Brad NICHOL 5 2 7
4 George SZABO Darin JENSEN 3 4 7
5 Larry WHIPPLE Mark STRUBE 8 5 13
6 Stephen MURRAY Austin SPERRY 6 7 13
7 Guy BRIERRE Buddy CLARKE 4 10 14
8 Susie PEGEL Brian BUFFALOE 7 8 15
9 Chris NIELSON Mickey NEILSON 9 9 18
10 Bill CULBERSON Chris FROST 10 11 21
Chris Stromboe (As Amended by ISAF)
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