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Each fall the GW community past and present gathers together to celebrate its annual Alumni Weekend. However, this year, GW alumni can always be found on the Mount Vernon athletics fields with the GW men's soccer team, as three of the four coaches are alumni of the program and the fourth is back for his second stint on the staff.

These men have long ties to the team and are eager to be back at GW working as a resource for current student-athletes and giving back to the program.


The GW women's basketball team turned the Tex Silverman Court at the Charles E. Smith Center into a kickball field on Thursday afternoon. 

Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis and his staff decided to lighten things up a bit on the final day of the team's offseason conditioning workouts and play a game of kickball. The team begins preseason practice on Monday.

@GWGymnastics Volunteers at Tour de Cure

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After one month on campus during the 2014-15 academic year, the GW gymnastics team is the early leader for the Raise High Our Community Award.

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Gabby_Malek_Twitter.jpgGW sailing sophomore Gabriella Malek has been named the first GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for 2014-15.

Gabriella, who lives by the motto "you're never too young to make a difference in someone else's life," has carried a spirit of global engagement and service instilled in her at a young age into her life as a student-athlete at GW.

She has been volunteering and fundraising with UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, since the age of 10 when the northern New Jersey native was first introduced to the organization through her involvement in New York City-based charity Broadway Kids Care.

Since then she has devoted numerous hours to UNICEF's mission to provide long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, including a bake sale for the Pampers/UNICEF one pack=one vaccine campaign through which she had the honor to present a check to UNICEF and President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

She helped set up a UNICEF club at Howell High School and now, as an executive board member with the GW-UNICEF campus club, has spent the past two years regularly volunteering with the organization in the district and completed 50 hours of community service in the first month of the 2014-15 academic year alone.  Her efforts have taken her to Capitol Hill to present at The Better World Campaign's Innovation at the United Nations event, and to the British Embassy for the Girl Summit, a campaign speaking out on the issues of female mutilation and child marriage.

"I'm thankful to all the people early in my life who helped instill an enthusiasm and compassion for helping others in need," said Malek.
Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgFreshmen Kia Olsson and Miranda Bakos provide this week's regatta reports.

"This past weekend, the Naval Academy hosted the MAISA Radial Championships for women in which freshmen Kia Olsson and Taylor Brimberg participated.  Sophomore Daniel DelBello raced in the men's Laser Second Chance Regatta in hopes of qualifying for the MAISA Laser Championships the weekend of October 11-12.  Conditions proved challenging both days with light, variable winds and high boat-traffic that caused chop. Saturday ended with an on-shore postponement in hopes of wind that never arrived, and Sunday didn't begin until 11:45 a.m. when the breeze began to fill in. The women sailed nine races in total while the men accomplished eight over the course of the weekend."  -Kia Olsson (Fr.)

"The GW sailing team traveled to St. Mary's College of Maryland to compete at its annual intersectional.  Saturday brought the triple threat of unpredictable, light and shifty conditions, but the team handled them well against the tough competition from nearly every region.  In A Division, sophomore Brendan Shanahan and freshman Miranda Bakos finished off the day in second place, and rookies Roger Dorr and Belle Strachan and senior Megan Murphy were in 14th in B Division, landing the team in 12th overall.  Sunday, after a wind delay, a southerly filled in to about five knots, and after a couple of sets, the GW team proudly placed 12th overall in its second interconference of the season.  Next weekend, the team will again travel to St. Mary's where MAISA is holding its Dinghy South Qualifier for the War Memorial later in the season." -Miranda Bakos (Fr.)

Keep reading for a recap of next weekend!

From our Instagram - a snapshot of what conditions were like most of the weekend: "Glassy conditions settling in at St. Mary's. Need a little wind here!"

Capital City Sailors Blog: Nationally Ranked!

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Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgSophomore Gabriella Malek reflects on the team's season goals and current success:

With a productive and challenging season ahead of us, our team has been tirelessly working on and off the water to make this one of our best seasons yet.

With our season only a few weeks underway, we've already seen how our hard work can pay off not only in results, but also in rankings as well. For the first time in our varsity history, GW sailing has earned a national ranking!

This is an honor, but we've only just begun! We are looking forward to our next five weeks which are filled with 16 challenging regattas and the delivery of our new fleet of boats!! GW sailing will be competing in three regattas this weekend. Stay tuned for our regatta update next week!

Capital City Sailors Week 2/Alumni Regatta Review

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Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgSenior Meagan Murphy and sophomore Gabriella Malek recap this past weekend's GW sailing regatta and alumni activities.

"The 2014 Alumni Regatta was a mix of sun, fun, food and competitive races between GW sailing alumni and current GW sailors. The Race Committee, led by Daniel DelBello, ran races out of the basin at Washington Marina. It was a typical shifty, puffy day on the Potomac, surely bringing back lots of fond memories for the alumni. The hot dogs and hamburgers at the cookout were well-deserved after a morning of close and skillful racing. The current GW team has these alumni to thank for the team today and this regatta was a fun way to show our appreciation. Thanks to all who made the time to come out and sail. Once a GW sailor, always a GW sailor!" -Meagan Murphy

"This past weekend, the Women's Team competed in its season opener at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth. We competed against the top nationally ranked NEISA teams to prepare for our upcoming season and to increase our level of competition. The conditions were shifty and took a lot of communication between skipper and crew to succeed. I think this regatta taught us a lot and laid the foundation for what we need to focus on this upcoming season." -Gabriella Malek


Maria Sinagra (Jr.), India Johnstone (Fr.), Belle Strachan (Fr.) and Gabriella Malek (So.) with their game faces before heading out to race

Thumbnail image for sailing_recap2_9-25-14.jpgSkipper Maria Sinagra (Jr.) and crew Gabriella Malek (So.)


Past and current GW sailors enjoying a day full of racing, fun and BBQ at our second annual Alumni Regatta

@GW_MBB Picked High in 2014-15 Preview Publications

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As the official start of college basketball practices approaches (Oct. 3), it's the time of year for College Basketball Season Preview publications from a variety of national sports magazines.

Last week, USA Today picked the GW men's basketball team at No. 35 in its preseason college hoops countdown, and the Colonials are receiving additional praise from publications like The Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon.

Head after the jump for full-page views of these previews, or go straight to to #RaiseHigh with the Colonials in 2014-15!

@GW_WBB Trains With U.S. Marines on National Mall

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While most teams on the East Coast were still sleeping, the GW women's basketball team was having another #OnlyatGW moment - early morning training with U.S. Marines on the National Mall.

Capital City Sailors Week 1 Regatta Review

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Thumbnail image for Sailing_Blog_22nd_G (1).jpgSophomore Gabriella Malek, with the help of teammates, recaps GW sailing's four opening weekend regattas.

After a team meeting to recap a successful weekend, hear what our GW sailors had to say about our first couple of regattas!

Harry Anderson Jr. Trophy (Yale): "Last weekend at Yale gave us a good idea where the team stands on the East Coast. Being one of the only freshman skippers was intimidating, however we performed well. I believe the team shows a lot of promise for the upcoming season after seeing how we compared to our competition" - Freshman Kai Friesecke

Freshman Kai Friesecke and junior Henry Young received the honor of Colonials of the Week for their performance at Yale this past weekend.

Yale.jpgMiranda Bakos (Fr.), Roger Dorr (Fr.), Henry Young (Jr.), Kai Friesecke (Fr.)

Riley Cup (ODU): "This past weekend, two GW teams competed. Saturday was full of false starts with winds staying light and variable all morning. Luckily, the breeze picked up just enough out of the north to get two races off in A Division and one rainy race in B Division. Unluckily, lightning warnings cancelled races after this point for the rest of the day. It was a different story Sunday, with gusty 10-18 knot winds calling for a Gold Cup course. The GW teams met with puffy and shifty winds out of the Northeast. Eventually, the course was switched to a W-4 to accommodate for lighter wind conditions. Thanks to alumni Richard 'Dickie' Sant for coaching this weekend and alumni Jack Bell for coming to show his support!" - Senior Meagan Murphy


Sam White (Fr.), Michael Ince (Jr.), Gabriella Marki (So.), Kelly Dong (So.), Madeline Taggart (Sr.), Hannah McNomee (Jr.), Meagan Murphy (Sr.), Jay Spector (Jr.), Madison Oleson (So.), Richard "Dickie" Sant (coach)

Laser South Qualifier (Navy) and Radial Open (Navy): "All weekend the wind and current made sailing this regatta a challenge. Saturday saw only one race accomplished in the morning for both fleets before they were sent in for an extended lunch break due to rain and light wind. Sunday began on a better note, with both the Lasers and Radials finishing four races in very shifty winds and very strong current. While the conditions were tricky, our sailors performed well and are pumped for the next couple of Laser regattas coming our way." - Freshman Kia Olsson


Brendan Shanahan (So.), Kia Olsson (Fr.), Colin Kennedy (So.), Daniel DelBello (So.), Taylor Brimberg (Fr.)

While our regattas were full of success and fun, we have been back in the Champions Club studying tactics and mapping our plan of attack for the rest of the season and, of course, Raising High on the Potomac! The Colonials will be competing in a women's regatta this weekend up at Dartmouth as well as hosting our alumni for our annual Alumni Regatta right here on the Potomac.


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