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Georgia sailing family sends third daughter off to Coast Guard Academy

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SAVANNAH, Georgia — One Georgia family can now boast of sending an entire generation of daughters to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Dana Rohde is beginning her first year at the academy in New London, Connecticut, the Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/1mfMOmc ) reports.

She's following in the footsteps of her older sisters Krysta and Devon.

Devon is a 21-year-old rising senior at the academy, and Dana will join her on the academy's varsity sailing team.

Krysta Rohde is now 25 and stationed with the Coast Guard in Miami.

The sisters were virtually destined to be sailors. All three sailed competitively in Savannah, with Dana winning the U.S. Junior Women's National Championship last year.

Their parents, Dan and Carrie, met when they were students and sailing team members at Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, New York.

Of course, there's a twist. Mom and Dad's arch-rival in sailing competition was none other than the Coast Guard Academy.

"It's become a running joke with friends we went to school with," Dan told the Morning News. "When Devon followed Krysta to New London, they said if we sent one more kid to the Coast Guard Academy to sail, we'd be kicked out of the alumni association."

But their daughters' accomplishments have given them plenty of bragging rights.

All three won early admission to the academy, as well.

The eldest, Krysta, was the 2007 Collegiate National Singlehanded Champion — a rare feat for a freshman. Her team finished eighth in the College Women's Nationals in 2011. After graduation, she competed in the 2013 Military World Games, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Devon Rohde is on a summer duty assignment on a fast response cutter at Station Key West before returning to campus for her final year.

And the baby of the family? She just reported for "Swab Summer," the academy's version of boot camp.

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