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Conn College grad Maggie Shea set for Olympic sailing debut

Maggie Shea, a 2011 Connecticut College graduate, was expected to make her debut in the Tokyo Summer Olympic games early Tuesday morning in sailing.

Shea, from Winnetka, Ill., is paired with Stephanie Roble in the Women's 49erFX event. Shea and Roble were scheduled for their first race late Monday night. The 49erFX event is a 12-race series (three races per-day) scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The top qualifiers will advance to the medal round on Monday, Aug. 2.

to compete in the medal race on Monday, August 2.

During her time at Conn College, Shea was a team captain and All-American who helped the program finish second at the ICSA National Championships during her senior year in 2011. She was also the recipient of the Tammy Brown Award as the Camels' top female scholar-athlete.

Shea and Roble, who qualified on Feb. 14, 2020, for their performance at the 49erFX World Championships, are hoping to become the first Americans to medal in the event, which was held for the first time in the 49erFX division during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

New London's India Pagan will also make her debut with the Puerto Rico women's basketball team at 8 a.m. Tuesday in a Group C game against China. 

Old Lyme rowers Austin Hack and Liam Corrigan, meanwhile, were scheduled to race with the U.S. men's eight team at 11:50 p.m. with a spot in Thursday's gold medal race on the line, but all Tuesday rowing was postponed due to Tropical Storm Nepartak, which is forecast to make landfall early Wednesday north of Tokyo, but bring heavy rainfall to Tokyo's outdoor venues.

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