Tunnicliffe, Tulloch top fleet at Oly qualifier
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe and Genny Tulloch are tied at 10-1 at the women's match racing U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta.
Sally Barkow's team is third at 9-2. Once the two round robins are completed on Friday, the top four teams will advance to the semifinals.
Tunnicliffe, who sails as Team Maclaren with Molly Vandeomoer and Debbie Capozzi, won all four matches on Thursday. Tulloch's team of Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin won three and lost one, to Stephanie Roble.
Tunnicliffe, Tulloch and Barkow are all but assured spots in the semis. Roble is 7-6 and has one match left to sail in the round robin. If she wins, she advances. If not, Becca Dellenbaugh and Maegan Ruhlman have a chance.
The top four teams advance to the final selection event for the 2012 Olympics, scheduled for May 4-7 in Weymouth, England.