Connecticut College - Sailing/Soccer
A versatile athlete who was part of two nationally-ranked fall sports, Meg Gaillard was an All-America sailor on Connecticut College's sailing team, while also competing for the women's soccer team. This past fall, Meg was named to the Connecticut College's Hall of Fame.
As a leading member of the College's coed sailing program, Gaillard helped the team maintain its prominence both regionally and nationally. She was runner-up at the 1993 New England Championships, and finished second at the 1994 Atlantic Coast Championships. In 1995, the senior took A Division first-place honors at the New England Championships. Gaillard also was a three-time qualifier for the national championships (1993, 1994, 1995), where she earned All-America honors. On the women's soccer field, the midfielder helped lead the Camels to a four-year 35-23-3 record. The squad was selected to the ECAC New England Tournament three times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1992 and the semifinals in 1993 and 1994. A team co-captain in 1994, Gaillard played 47 career games and closed out her career with seven goals, five assists, and 19 points.
After graduating in 1995 with a B.A. in international relations, Gaillard set her sights on representing the United States at the Summer Olympics. Under challenging selection rules with only the winner of each sailing event going on to the Olympics, she placed fourth at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 470 class. Four years later, Gaillard was runner-up in the Europe Class, just missing the Olympic cut. She continued her high level of competition, dominating in the U.S. and in Europe Olympic events the next three years. In 2004, Gaillard reached her goal and represented the United States in sailing's Europe Class at the Summer Olympics in Athens.
Meg will be honored at Sacred Heart's Reunion Day on April 8, 2006 as a Distinguished Alumna. She currently lives in Pelham, N.Y. and is training for international events with sights on the 2008 Olympics.