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Former Old Dominion All-American Anna Tunnicliffe and countryman Andrew Campbell sailed in with the silver and gold medals respectively on Saturday, the final day of the sailing competition at the 2005 Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.

Tunnicliffe who entered the day in second place needing to finish ahead of Poland's Katarzyna Szotynska was unable to do so, finishing eighth and fourth to Szotynska's sixth and first.

"I'm pretty excited about how the overall event went," said Tunnicliffe. "My goal was to get a medal and to come away with the silver is pretty exciting. The Polish girl (Szotynska) that beat me sailed an excellent regatta. She is really fast, so it was good to be right there with her the whole regatta. I'm pretty excited with how it went. It is a good step forward going toward the Olympics (Beijing in 2008)."

With half of his team winning medals, USA Head Coach and former ODU coach Gary Bodie was very pleased with the performance of the U.S. at the 2005 Summer World University Games,

"It is a great feeling," said Bodie. "We sailed really well today and came through with a gold and a silver. It was a fabulous ending for us. It (WUGs) is a great stepping stone for sure. Andrew has a gold medal in the Youth Worlds to match this gold medal at the World University Games. Both Andrew and Anna are really making strides toward the ultimate goal (making the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team). Their experience here is invaluable."

For more information about the World University Games Team - Sailing, please visit the Team's website at www.ussailing.org/olympics/2005WUG/team.htm. For more information about the World University Games, please visit the event website at http://www.universiadeizmir.org/en.

This article was posted on: August 22, 2005

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