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Senior Emma Gaquin has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of January.

A member of the women's swimming and diving team, Gaquin has volunteered with MEN Count, a GWU research study that focuses on HIV prevention in D.C., and Manjia, a nonprofit organization that focuses on reducing food waste and food insecurity. 

Once a week, Gaquin recruits potential participants at the Southeast STD clinic for MEN Count. Working as a Research Assistant since August, she administers surveys to participants to help determine the biggest risk factors of HIV/AIDS in the D.C. community. 

In January, the public health major began working with Manjia. Part of her work for the organization includes finding potential food donors, such as restaurants and catering companies, and encouraging them to sign up to use Manjia to reduce their food waste. 

Sidelined by injury during the fall semester, Gaquin has used her time out of the pool to give back to the D.C. community. 

"Giving back to my community means being active in my community, taking the time to meet new people, and figuring out how to make their day just a little bit better." 

Gaquin's participation within the community goes further than her work with MEN Count and Manjia. She has also participated in university events, such as Move-In day, fundraised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and volunteered at the Northeast Animal Shelter over school breaks.  

In addition to her individual service projects, Gaquin has joined her teammates to serve the community by dorm-storming for Uniceff over Halloween weekend and signing up as a team for the GW Dance Marathon at the end of February. 

"Community service has always been an important part of being on the Swim & Dive team. Since my freshman year, we have always set goals as a team to help out the community. I am extremely proud to be part of a program where giving back is part of the core culture."


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@GWLacrosse Names 2016 Team Captains

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With the start of the 2016 campaign just a week away, the GW lacrosse team elected senior Olivia Boudreau and grad student Jacqui Stevens as its team captains for the upcoming season.

"I'm really happy with who the team selected," said second-year head coach Tracy Coyne. "I really like their dynamic, Olivia and Jacqui together. Jacqui being a year older, she has good perspective. She's been through a lot and really wanted to come back and have another year on the field, so she has that desire to go out there and compete. Olivia is a competitor, she has that intensity and she brings her best on game day.

"They both work really hard, they have a tremendous work ethic, and I think they set a positive example for the team in that way. The team responds to their leadership, and I think they can do a great job giving us that little push we might need to get us over the top and helping the team stay task-oriented and on goal."

A legacy leader in GW's leadership academy, Boudreau will serve as team captain for the second year in a row. The midfielder from North Andover, Massachusetts, started all 16 games last season and ranked second on the squad with 19 assists and 23 ground balls.

Stevens, a defender, returns for her fifth season with the Colonials after missing all of the 2012 and 2013 campaigns with injury. The Newtown, Pennsylvania, native, who won the Dan Black Award at the 2015 Georgey's, started 14 games last season and tallied 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. 

The Colonials begin their season on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Monmouth - the first of five straight road games before opening their home slate on Saturday, March 12, against Yale.
College Sports Madness announced its 2016 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference baseball teams on Tuesday, and a trio of Colonials were recognized.

Junior Eddie Muhl and sophomore Robbie Metz were tabbed as First Team All-Conference pitchers, while junior Joey Bartosic was named a Second Team outfielder.

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Full College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Teams

George Washington senior Carlee Gray and junior Megan Linn have landed on College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Teams, the website announced on Monday.

Gray was picked to the Preseason All-Conference First Team as an infielder after a stellar 2015 season that saw the Colonials' first baseman post a team-best and career-high .369 batting average along with a .995 fielding percentage. The Elk Grove, California, native enters the 2016 season with the program's record for career putouts (942) while ranking third with a .990 career fielding percentage.  Last season, Gray landed on the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team and College Sports Madness' All-Conference Second Team. 

Linn was chosen to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team as a utility player after posting a ,333 average as GW's second baseman in 2015.  The native of Carona, California, led the team with 26 steals and ranks third on GW's all-time list with 56 career swipes after just two seasons.  The leadoff hitter also led the Colonials in hits (52), runs scored (41) and doubles (13) as a sophomore.

The Colonials open the 2016 season on Feb. 12, against Austin Peay at a Gardner-Webb hosted tournament in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. 

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SOMERS, Wis. - George Washington men's swimming and diving's Matt McPherson has been named the TeamUnify/CollegeSwimming.com men's Atlantic 10 Conference Swimmer of the Week, the organization announced on Tuesday.

McPherson posted a career-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.47) before notching another personal-best in the 200-yard breast (2:14.70) in Saturday's meet against William & Mary at the Charles E. Smith Center. The sophomore wrapped his day with a season-best 1:58.78 in the 200-yard individual medley.

McPherson and the Colonials return to action on Saturday, Jan. 16, as GW hosts crosstown rival Georgetown on Senior Day. 

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Sophomore Mark Osis has been named the George Washington Department of Athletics & Recreation's Student-Athlete of the Month for December after spearheading Project 25:40, which resulted in the collection of over 130 winter coats for the homeless community in Washington, D.C.

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Senior Lana Robins has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of November.

A member of the women's tennis squad, Robins has volunteered for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Shared Hope International's Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference throughout the fall semester. 

Twice a week, the international affairs major works with the U.S. Attorney's Office's Anti-Trafficking office to analyze jail calls, organize evidence and aid in the coordination of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.  

Robin's interest in working to stop human trafficking resulted from a previous internship. 

"After working on juvenile sex trafficking legislation as an intern in Congressman Dave Reichert's office, I became passionate about combatting human trafficking and began volunteering with organizations such as Shared Hope International, Courtney's House and the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Robins. 

Sidelined by injury during the fall semester, Robins has used her time off the court to give back to the D.C. community. 

"My injury has given me more time to pursue my interests off the court," said Robins. "I've been lucky enough to spend a lot of that time interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office."

Robins' desire to become a federal prosecutor led her to discover the opportunities with the U.S. Attorney's Office and Shared Hope International.  

"I've always naively believed that a successful prosecution completed a victim's rehabilitation," said Robins.  "However, I've learned that the healing process requires much more than seeing one's trafficker go to jail. The healing process for many victims is a lifelong endeavor that requires extensive resources, support, perseverance, and faith."

In addition to her individual service projects, Robins has joined her teammates to serve her community, spending time at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center's Heart to Heart experience and Boo at the Zoo.

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The following post was authored by Kiriah Crane and Sangmi Park, students in Professor Mark Hyman's Sports Journalism class.

Seniors Patricio Garino and Kevin Larsen led the GW Men's Basketball team to their first win of 2015-16 at the season opener against Lafayette last Friday night at the Charles E. Smith Center. Larsen, a 6-foot-10 senior from Denmark, had a career high of 24 points and 11 rebounds in the 85-76 victory.  Larsen, along with teammates from Japan and Argentina, have contributed to the growing international image of the GW men's basketball team. 

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International flags of Argentina, Denmark and Japan line the court at the Charles E. Smith Center, a sign of the global flavor on the men's basketball team.



@GWGymnastics Volunteers at Capital Area Food Bank

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The George Washington gymnastics team spent part of its weekend volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, D.C. 

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Junior Nick Smagula has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his commitment to giving back to the community during the month of October. 

A member of GW's men's swimming and diving team, Smagula has worked with his teammates to volunteer at events around the District, including Taste of DC, the Marine Corps Marathon as well as Rural Dog Rescue during the fall semester. The men's swimming and diving team ranks second among GW's 27 varsity sports in community service hours logged through October. 

Individually, Smagula works with Martha's Table's McKenna's Wagon mobile soup kitchen each Thursday.  Martha's Table is a non-profit organization that aims to help families in need by making healthy food and quality learning more accessible for children. McKenna's Wagon is an element of Martha's Table that supports food trucks that service Washington, D.C.'s homeless and hungry each day at three locations.  

Smagula visits one or two of the locations each week, serving hot and healthy homemade meals to the needy. 

"McKenna's Wagon especially hits home for me because one of the stops is right on GW's campus near the World Bank," said Smagula. "Feeding the homeless three blocks from where you live is an eye-opening experience and is a stern reminder of the bubble we live in as students at GW."

Smagula is not new to helping the homeless, as he and his family back home in Randolph, New Jersey, help run a soup kitchen every Thanksgiving in New York City.  

"Feeding the homeless has always been something that we do together as a family," said Smagula.  "When I came to D.C., I connected with Martha's Table as a way to continue what I did at home."

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