Miia Newman from Biloxi, Mississippi, grew up sailing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and began her racing career at Biloxi Yacht Club. She continued racing at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, Louisiana, home of Lightning Fleet #62, while on the sailing team at Tulane University. After graduating, Miia plans to continue her education with a Masters in Environmental Health Sciences.
The balance of her sailing team will consist of Jessica Oswalt from Center Moriches, New York, who is currently the sailing coach at Tulane University and an alumna. Malcolm Kriegel is the other team member from New York, New York, and Shelter Island New York. Malcolm is an undergraduate and sailor at Tulane.