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George Washington baseball senior pitcher Aaron Weisberg has been named to two separate "Top Prospect" lists following his summer of competition for the Staunton Braves in the Valley Baseball League.

Weisberg was tabbed at the No. 13 position on the Perfect Game Top 40 Prospects in the Valley Baseball League. He was also ranked No. 7 in Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects in the Valley League.

The Glen Rock, N.J., native was impressive during the 2013 summer season. The 6-foot-7 righty started eight games for the Braves and finished with a perfect 6-0 record and a 3.17 ERA. He recorded 43 strikeouts and walked just 15 in 54.0 innings of work.

Weisberg led the Colonials with six victories during the 2013 campaign while finishing second on the team with 53 strikeouts in 81.1 innings. His 3.32 ERA ranked first on the team among pitchers with at least 30.0 innings of work. 

@GW_MBB Alumnus Wins USA Triathlon Title

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(photo courtesy GWU Archives/1963 Cherry Tree Yearbook)

Don Ardell, GW Class of 1964 and forward on the men's basketball team from 1961-63, recently won the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship in the 75-79 age group and will compete for Team USA in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Finals in London from Sept. 11-16.

Ardell, who turned 75 this past year, is ranked No. 1 in USA Triathlon's 75-79 age group and won the national title in Milwaukee, Wisc., on August 11 by more than 12 minutes (1:24.03).  He'll head to London to compete in the Aquathon (1000m Swim, 5k Run), Sprint Distance (750m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run) and Olympic Distance (1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run) events against the best triathletes from around the world.  His goal "of course, is to win them all."


George Washington women's squash sophomore Anna Gabriela Porras continued her international competition career this week at the 2013 Pan American Men's and Women's Individual Squash Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Porras, named GW's first ever College Squash Association All-American last spring, has regularly competed for her native Colombia in international competition throughout both her junior and collegiate career.

Tyner, Wrobel Tabbed GW Men's Water Polo Captains

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With the GW men's water polo team set to open its 2013 campaign this weekend at the Navy Open, Head Coach Scott Reed announced that senior Daniel Tyner and junior Adam Wrobel have been chosen as team captains by their teammates and coaches.

"Dan and Adam will make great team leaders," said Coach Reed. "Their energy and enthusiasm will help keep this team motivated and focused throughout the season."

A two-time All-Southern Division selection, Tyner led the Colonials in scoring last season with 51 goals and 74 points and has tallied 158 goals and 234 points in his career. Wrobel enters his second season in the pool with the Buff and Blue after missing his entire freshman campaign with a shoulder injury. He recorded 13 points and 18 steals in 2012 while getting himself back into form and should make a splash this year.

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Dan Tyner (left) and Adam Wrobel

@GWMensSoccer's Tyler Ranalli Earns Preseason Honor

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George Washington men's soccer senior Tyler Ranalli was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team by College Sports Madness on Tuesday.

Ranalli had a breakout junior campaign, ranking second on the team with three goals and seven points. The forward from Powell, Ohio, started 17 games for the Colonials and amassed 1,323 minutes of playing time. A team captain, Ranalli has scored four goals and 10 points in his career.

George Washington baseball senior Luke Staub helped his summer team, the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League, to the Summer Collegiate World Series championship.

The Mallards finished the season with an overall record of 41-29 and defeated the Duluth Huskies, 12-3, on Friday in game two of the championship series to clinch the title.  

Staub was the Mallards' ace this season and pitched to a 4-4 record with a 1.80 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 55.0 innings of work.  The Peoria, Ill., native was also a Northwoods League All-Star selection earlier this summer .

The Northwoods League has more teams, draws more fans and plays more games than any other summer collegiate baseball league and is one of the top collegiate leagues in the nation in terms of quality of play.

Staub led the Colonials with 55 strikeouts and 91.2 innings pitched last season while finishing second on the team with four victories.



Luke Staub addresses the crowd at the Madison Mallards trophy ceremony. 

@GW_Volleyball Preseason Blog Weekend Recap

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As training camp for the GW Volleyball program turns to its second week of two-a-days, take a chance to catch up on this weekend's blog posts from juniors Kelsey Newman, GabrialRushton and Landon Garvik.

See what Kelsey Newman was up to early Friday morning and hear a recap of practice.

Junior Gabrial Rushton shows how the team spent their off day on Saturday.

Junior Landin Garvik provides an inside look at practice and recaps week one of camp.

George Washington softball sophomore Meghan Rico spent many summers playing against the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes and dreamed about playing for one of the most successful amateur softball teams in the sport's history. 

This summer, she got her chance.

For nine days in August, George Washington assistant lacrosse coach Kristy Black traveled to Kingston, Jamaica with Fields of Growth International to teach children the game of lacrosse.

Fields of Growth is a non-profit organization that aims to harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service and growing the game. From Aug. 1-9 Black dedicated her time to make a positive impact on children's lives through the game of lacrosse, and in turn received a life-changing experience.

"The most important aspects of lacrosse are the ways it teaches children to be disciplined, to be hard workers, to understand the concept of team play and to create opportunities," said Black. "It is a wonderful way to get children involved in activities outside of their neighborhoods and give them hope for something bigger and better in their future."

Each day Black, along with fellow Fields of Growth volunteers, ran clinics from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The morning clinics focused on younger children, while the older kids participated in the afternoon sessions. Following the clinic each day, the group took time to participate in cultural activities such as handing out care packages to elders, attending a barbecue with local families and touring the village of St. Ann's - the home and community where famed musician Bob Marley grew up.

"We went to villages to spread lacrosse and love, and by the end of the trip we had the entire community in a field playing lacrosse, soccer and cricket," Black said. "There was even an older gentleman playing a banjo. Everyone was so happy and did not stop smiling."

Black found that while she accomplished her goal of making an impact on the children of Kingston through lacrosse, she learned equally valuable lessons as well.

"I went to Jamaica to make an impact on the children's lives, but they taught me just as much, if not more," said Black. "They showed me not to take anything for granted and that the little things are what truly matter in life. It was amazing to see how bringing lacrosse, along with a positive and upbeat attitude, can delight an entire village."


US Rowing Announcement 

PRINCETON, N.J. - Former GW men's rowing student-athlete David Morgenstern '11 is one of 87 athletes who have been selected to row as a member of the United States National Team at the 2013 World Rowing Championships Aug. 25-Sept. 2, in Chungju, South Korea.

Morgenstern will be rowing in the Lightweight Men's Eight (LM8+) event and represents Connecticut Community Rowing Inc.

Eighteen Olympians and four Paralympians are among the 87-person roster that will compete in 27 events during the World Rowing Championships.

Morgenstern rowed bow for the Colonials' Varsity 8 boat as a senior in 2011 and is the latest in an impressive list of current and former student-athletes who have logged service in international competition. 

This summer alone has seen senior Kasey Colander row for the United States at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, while classmate Trofym Anderson (Canada) and sophomore Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe (United States) each competed at the U-23 World Championships in Lithuania. 

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