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#RaiseHigh Recap for Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

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Softball Quartet Earns Preseason Honors

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Temperatures are slowly on the rise outside, and softball season is just a week away. Colonials fans have much to look forward to on the diamond as GW is poised for another exciting campaign after making its second straight trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship a year ago.

In preparation for the new season, College Sports Madness released its preseason A-10 all-conference squads and honored a quartet of Colonials. Senior Courtney Martin was named the league's preseason Pitcher of the Year and rookie Jillian Galich was tabbed Freshman of the Year. In addition, Martin was joined on the preseason first team by sophomore pitcher Meghan Rico and junior shortstop Victoria Valos.

George Washington men's rowing senior Trofym Anderson was recently honored at the Rowing Canada Awards Gala for his success at the Canadian Rowing National Championships.

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Trofym Anderson with John Ruscitti (L), his Junior National World Championships coach and Terry Paul, current coach of the Under-23 Men's Program in Canada. 
Immediately after returning from winter break, the George Washington men's and women's tennis teams got together to volunteer their time at the two-day NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 

The George Washington baseball team braved frigid temperatures and a hefty amount of snow to participate in its first full-squad practice of the 2014 season on Saturday morning at Barcroft Park.


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@GW_MBB Mourns Passing of Former Colonial Clint Holtz

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The GW men's basketball program and Department of Athletics and Recreation mourns the passing of Clint Holtz, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 17 at the age of 44.

Holtz, a lifelong native of Severna Park, Md., averaged 8.6 points on 51 percent shooting and 5.2 rebounds in 48 games at GW from 1988-90 before completing his collegiate career at Niagara University.  He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team in 1989 after averaging 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, including a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double in a victory over Massachusetts, the Colonials' lone victory that season.

After his collegiate career, Holtz spent a decade traversing the globe as a pro in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Israel, Brazil and Puerto Rico.  Following his playing career, Holtz followed his father's footsteps in law enforcement as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.

Read more about the life of Sergeant Clint Holtz in the Washington Post here, and leave a message of sympathy or memory of Clint for his Mom, family and friends here.

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@GWSquash | Dunlop CSA National Rankings

The George Washington women's squash team has reached new heights, earning its highest national ranking in program history on Thursday. The Colonials are now ranked No. 11 in the latest 

College Squash Association (CSA) National Rankings.


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@GWGymnastics Continues to Hold National Rankings

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After its second week of competition, the George Washington gymnastics team remains nationally ranked on both vault and floor exercise. 

@GW_MensRowing & @ColonialsStrong Featured on BBC Radio

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Last semester, Trofym Anderson of GW Men's Rowing, along with GW Athletics Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Johnson, were interviewed by BBC Radio for a story about sleep deprivation in athletes.

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@GW_MBB Joins George Mason for Coats for Kids

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On Monday, Jan. 20, GW men's basketball players, coaches and staff joined their Revolutionary Rivalry counterparts at George Mason to distribute winter coats to children and families at Southeast's D.C Homeless Shelter.

On a day many George Washington students were around the district for Martin Luther King Day and MLK Day of Service, the Colonials and Patriots helped hand out hundreds of Coats for Kids, the Children's Charities Foundation's charitable drive aided by funds raised at the annual BB&T Classic.

Check out some photos of the afternoon here.

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