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The preseason accolades continue to roll in for GW women's basketball. On Monday, College Sports Madness named its Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference and Preseason All-High Major teams, and the Colonials were well-represented.

Senior Jonquel Jones, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was named both the A-10 and High-Major Preseason Player of the Year. She was joined on the website's preseason all-conference first team by junior Caira Washington, who was also named to CSM's All-High Major Second Team. In addition, fourth-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis, the reigning A-10 Coach of the Year, was named the College Sports Madness Preseason Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

GW Gymnastics Volunteers at Buddy Walk

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The George Washington gymnastics team continued its relationship with the Buddy Walk by volunteering at the event for the sixth consecutive year over the weekend.


GW Baseball Tops Ontario Blue Jays, 6-3, in Exhibition

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The George Washington baseball team welcomed the Ontario Blue Jays to Tucker Field at Barcroft Park for a 14-inning exhibition contest on Saturday.

Recap after the jump.

The George Washington baseball coaching staff held a draft on Monday to determine the rosters for the upcoming Buff & Blue World Series.

The Blue Team will be coached by assistant coaches Dave Lorber and Tyler McCarthy while the Buff Team will be directed by assistant coach Dustin Johnson and Director of Baseball Operations Jim McKew.

Full rosters available after the jump.
The George Washington women's rowing team opened its fall racing schedule by competing at the 35th annual Charlie Butt Scullers' Head of the Potomac on Sunday. 

The Colonials raced in two events, the Women's Four with Coxswain and the Women's Open Eight. 

Three boats competed in the Women's Open Eight with GW's top V8 taking second place overall. Two crews placed third and fourth, respectively, in the Women's Four. 

"It was good to get back out there and start our 2016 campaign," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "There was some quality racing and we are excited to get back to work on Monday. We have a long to go."


Full results available after the jump. 

GW Baseball Announces Buff & Blue World Series

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The George Washington baseball team has announced a three-day, intrasquad series will conclude its 2015 fall practice schedule. The Buff & Blue World Series will be played on October 23-25 at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.


GW Women's Water Polo Commemorates 9/11

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Today is September 11, a day which rocked this country 14 years ago. The GW women's water polo team, though just small children in 2001, wanted to find a way to commemorate it.  

The Colonials proved they are champions in our community by finding a way to give back just a week after returning to campus. As part of a larger project called A Million Thanks, the team sacrificed its Labor Day holiday by writing letters of appreciation to the servicemen and servicewomen who have sacrificed so much for this country.

"To come together as a group and say thank you to the people who serve or have served our country was amazing for all of us," said graduate student Mikaela Pyrch. "A more rewarding day could not be found."

The letter-writing project was only the beginning for the women's water polo squad, as Pyrch said she and her teammates plan to remain active in the community throughout the 2015-16 academic year.

"As a competitive team at GW we have come to take to heart how crucial community support is," she said. "It is our goal and we want to give back and show as much appreciation for our community this year as possible."

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The George Washington volleyball and women's soccer teams joined together for a preseason barbecue on Saturday.  For the third straight year, the squads combined for a large dinner and some fun before classes and regular-season competition begins.

Preseason training is a crucial time when student-athletes get acclimated to campus life, rigorous training and new teammates.  Team bonding is just as important during this time as physical training and skill work. 

The time we have during preseason as a team is such an important piece to our start of the year," said head volleyball coach Amanda Ault. "It gives our new group a chance to gel and get to know one another before school starts up and our campus is in full swing. It's nice to have a night to come together and let both teams get away from training for a bit and recharge with their friends."

Aside from getting an opportunity to spend time with teammates outside of practice, student-athletes appreciate interacting with members of another team. 

"Our team dinner with volleyball is something we all look forward to every year," said women's soccer junior MacKenzie Cowley. "It gives us a chance to engage with other GW female student-athletes in a fun environment. Team bonding is a very important part of our team's culture because building good team chemistry starts off the field."

This year's entertainment included a lip-sync battle among the student-athletes that allowed members of different teams to work in groups. Creating bonds between squads will help encourage inter-sport support during each team's competition season. 

"This year's volleyball-women's soccer team dinner was the pinnacle of our annual preseason dinners," said head women's soccer coach Sarah Barnes.  "The food and company were fantastic, and the lip-sync competitions were the highlight. The student-athletes were clever and funny and put a lot of creativity into it. We are looking forward to the start of our season and excited to watch and support volleyball as their team reaches new heights this year."

The Women's soccer team kicks off the regular season on Friday, Aug. 21, in Fullerton, California, against UC Riverside, and the volleyball squad travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Michigan Invitational from Aug. 28-29. 

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George Washington baseball rising senior Luke Olson has earned his second New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Weekly Honor Roll recognition of the summer season as he continues to shine as a relief pitcher for the Plymouth Pilgrims.


George Washington baseball rising junior Colin Gibbons-Fly and rising sophomore Mark Osis were each named All-Stars in their respective summer leagues and will compete this week in league festivities.



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