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Anna Tunnicliffe, an All-American in sailing at Old Dominion University, recently was named to U.S. Sailing's 2005 World University Games Team.

The four-member siling team from the U.S. and a coach will travel to Izmir, Turkey, for the World University Games, which will be held Aug. 11-21. The U.S. will be represented by a total of four sailors in two Olympic classes: two competitors each in the Laser (a singlehanded boat for men) and the Laser Radial (a singlehanded boat for women). The other sailors named to the 2005 U.S. World University Games Team are Andrew Campbell of San Diego, Brendan Fahey of Kingston, Wash., and Jennifer Gervais of Charleston, S.C.

The Team will be accompanied by coach Gary Bodie, a former ODU head sailing coach.

Organized every two years by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the World University Games bring together thousands of top-level collegiate athletes from around the world to compete in at least 10 sports (the number of sports fluctuates every Games). This year, 15 sports will participate in the Games, marking the second time that sailing is part of the Summer World University Games since FISU organized the first Games in 1959. USA sailors won a bronze medal at the 1998 Summer World University Games when they were held in Palma, Spain.

Tunnicliffe, a recent graduate from ODU with a bachelor's degree in accounting and decision sciences, is a current member of the U.S. Sailing Team and has been competing in regattas at home and abroad. In June, she was named College Sailor of the Year by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association and has been a College Women's All-American throughout her college sailing career. This year, Tunnicliffe was also named a College Coed All-American, a feat very few other women have accomplished.

For more information US SAILING's World University Games Team, please visit their Web site at http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/2005WUG/team.htm. For more information about the World University Games, please visit the event Web site at http://www.universiadeizmir.org/en.

This article was posted on: August 10, 2005

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