Tunnicliffe, Barkow top skippers in qualifier

Oct. 25, 2011, 7:25 p.m. (ET)

MIAMI (AP) Anna Tunnicliffe, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, and Sally Barkow, a 2008 Olympian, are among eight U.S. women's match racing skippers who will begin competition Wednesday in the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta.

The top four teams will advance to the final selection event to determine the American entry for the London Olympics. That regatta will be held in May at the Olympic venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Tunnicliffe of Plantation, Fla., is ranked No. 1 in the world. She won the gold medal in single-handed Laser Radial in the Beijing Olympics before switching to match racing. Crewing for her are Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi.

Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., is ranked No. 3. Crewing for her are Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham and Alana O'Reilly.

Other highly ranked skippers and their crews are No. 11 Genny Tulloch of Sausalito, Calif., with Jennifer Chamberlin, Alice Manard; and No. 25 Maegan Ruhlman of Cleveland with Martha Fisher and Abby Rowlands.

The rest of the skippers and their crew are No. 33 Becca Dellenbaugh of Brookline, Mass., with Katie Pettibone and Janel Zarkowsky; No. 38 Stephanie Roble of East Troy, Wis., with Darby Smith and Maggie Shea; No. 100 Sandy Hayes of Scituate, Mass., with Carol Arnold and Cindy Olsen; and No. 105 Kaitlin Storck of Huntington, N.Y., with Sarah Lihan and Emily Babbitt.