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@GW_WomensRowing Varsity 8 Honored at Homecoming

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Members of the GW Women's Rowing Varsity 8,which brought home a gold medal at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship, were honored at the men's basketball homecoming game against Fordham on Saturday at half court of the Charles E. Smith Center.


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During an action-packed weekend in Foggy Bottom as the George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated Homecoming and inducted seven members into the Athletic Hall of Fame, GW men's swimming sophomore Oliver Keegan and alum Phillip Graeter ('13) were presented with their Atlantic 10 Championship rings.

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The pair, which tallied gold medal performances at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, received commemorative rings for their accomplishments during the first half of the men's basketball game against Fordham on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd inside the Charles E. Smith Center. The duo helped GW finish fourth at last season's conference meet as Grater, then a senior, earned a first-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:52.72. As a rookie, Keegan came from behind to win the 200-yard butterfly and not only break the GW record but set a new all-time A-10 mark of 1:48.10.

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The Colonials' swimming program also saw two-time A-10 Most Outstanding Performer Tim Champney ('00) inducted in to the GW Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 during halftime of the game. Homecoming was truly a weekend for GW swimming to Raise High.

Video by gwswimming.mp4


Former @GW_Golf Standouts Continue to Shine Overseas

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photo by Daniel Wong

Former GW golfers Martin Liu ('12) and Javier Ballesteros both excelled on the course over the past week.

Liu won the Hong Kong Amateur on Sunday, Feb. 2 to qualify for his native nation's Hong Kong Open, an annual stop of the professional European Tour.

Liu, who helped GW capture its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship as a senior in 2012, won the event by three shots with a 1-over-par 281 total, carding a 1-over 71 in the final round and hoisting the hardware while proudly sporting a GW polo.

Via Hong Kong Golfer: "I really can't describe it," said Hong Kong Golf Club member Liu, a graduate of George Washington University. "I was just trying to focus on my own game and get myself in a position to win ... I had no idea I had done it until the final putt dropped."

Also last weekend, Ballesteros finished in a tie for 95th with a two-round, 1-over 145 (74-71) at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.  Ballesteros was amongst a 132-player field that also consisted of World No. 1 Tiger Woods, Europe's top-ranked golfer Henrik Stenson and European sensation Rory McIlroy.

Ballesteros was one of two amateurs competing, having received an invitation to the event in memory and honor of his late father Seve, the European golfing legend and five-time major champion who counted the 1992 Dubai Desert Classic among his 90 international tournament titles.  Javier played one season at GW in 2008-09 before returning to Spain to be with his ailing father.

From EuropeanTour.com: "I really appreciate their gesture and congratulate them on behalf of my family on the 25th anniversary of the event," said Javier, who won the amateur Madrid Open last year.


GW Squash senior Jackie Shea has been named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for January.

"Over winter break, Jackie spent four weeks in an orphanage in Tanzania working with a group of social workers in caring for over 120 children as part of the Rift Valley Children's Village," said GW LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "Her actions demonstrate the wide reach and impact of GW student-athletes and a devotion to service."


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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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