November 2012 Archives
The Colonials continued play over Thanksgiving weekend as basketball season gets into full swing:
-GW shot nearly 62 percent in Saturday's 80-56 victory over Hofstra at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Senior Lasan Kromah led the Colonials with 15 points followed by freshman Kevin Larsen with 14 points and six rebounds. -GW had its largest lead of the day at 27 points with 1:57 left on the clock while shooting 71 percent in the second half. The 24-point margin of victory was the biggest of Coach Mike Lonergan's tenure at GW.
-Senior Isaiah Armwood recorded his first double-double as a Colonial with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds with five blocks.
-The Colonials' defense held the Hofstra Pride to just 31.7 percent shooting for the game.
-The Colonials struggled at Virginia Tech on Sunday suffering a 50-31 loss at the Hokies' Cassell Coliseum.
-Sophomore Chakecia Miller led GW with seven points while senior Megan Nipe contributed six points and a team-high five rebounds.
-The Colonials shot just 24.4 percent from the floor while the Hokies sunk 40.4 percent of their shots.
The Colonials head into Thanksgiving week after a slew of strong performances over the weekend:
-GW split a weekend doubleheader with a loss to No. 15 Bates before stunning No. 9 Penn
at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center
to improve the squad's record to 4-1.
-Freshmen Ahmed Abdel-Latif, James Reiss, Reid Breck and senior Omar Sobhy earned GW's wins in the 5-4 loss to Bates on Saturday.
-The Colonials overcame a 4-3 deficit to defeat No. 9 Penn with victories by Breck, Abdel-Latif, Sobhy, Reiss and senior Islam El-Fiky.
-Reiss went the distance in his No. 4 match to clinch the upset.
-The Colonials upset No. 12 Bates
but fell to No. 5 Penn to split a pair of matches on Saturday at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
-Key victories by junior Maya Nair, freshman Sarah Allen and sophomore Adriana Calderon at matches 7-9 put GW in good position to upset the No. 12 ranked Bates.
-Freshman Alexa Tzarnas' five-set win at No. 5 put the Colonials just one win away from taking the match.
-A victory by freshman Anna Gabriela Porras at No. 1 solidified the Colonial's clinch.
-GW dropped the nightcap, 9-0, to No. 5 ranked Penn and is now 2-1 on the young season.
-The GW women finished eighth out of 19 teams at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship on Saturday in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx to end the fall season.
-Senior Heather Stevens crossed the finish line first for the Colonials with a time of 18:43 on the 5,000-meter course, earning her an impressive 8th place out of 177 runners.
-Seniors Juliana Stern and Julia Weir put forth top-50 efforts with 21st (19:11) and 26th (19:18) place finishes, respectively.
-Freshman Ryan Tucker was GW's top finisher, taking 26th place with a time of 26:58 out of 151 runners.
-Sophomore John-Louis Pane and freshman Kyle Ames also finished in the top-50 for the Colonials with 30th (27:08) and 40th (27:15) place performances, respectively.
-The Colonials finished third in a field of 10 at the three-day Patriot Invitational at George Mason's Jim McKay Natatorium over the weekend.
-Junior Caroline Myers and freshman Madison Reinker took second and third in the 500-yard freestyle, respectively,on Day 1 with times of 5:00.57 and 5:02.1.
-The Colonials' team of juniors Lindsay Moore, Sloan Saunders and sophomores Janica Lee and Morgan Zebley took third in the 400-yard medley relay with a season-best time of 3:52:21.
-The 200-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Sydney Saunders, Sloan Saunders, and Lee and Zebley took second with a time of 1:36.68.
-Juniors Sydney Saunders, Melissa Fernandez, Sloan Saunders and freshman Kally Vanderbilt clinched a second-place performance with a time of 3:39.49 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. -Myers earned second on the final day of competition with a time of 17:06.53 in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
-Senior Phillip Graeter earned third place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.78.
-Graeter, senior Niklas Glenesk and freshmen Oliver Keegan and Jordan Sharples posted a time of 6:54.40 in the 800-yard freestyle relay to earn third place.
-Sharples took home third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.17, a season-best time.
-Sophomore Garrett Cottingham and Keegan brought home a pair of third-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:97.46) and 200-yard butterfly (1:51.90), respectively.
-GW picked up its first win of the season
by defeating Boston University, 72-59, at Case Gym in Boston on Saturday.
-Freshman Joe McDonald led all scorers with 21 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 performance at the free throw line.
-Senior Isaiah Armwood added a career-high eight blocks while snatching a game-high 12 rebounds and scoring six points for the Colonials.
-GW shot 52.2 percent (24-46) from the floor while its defense held BU to just 32.4 percent (22-68).
-Graduate student Tara Booker led GW with a game-high 20 points while shooting 7-for-14, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc.
-Senior Megan Nipe was the only other Colonial to score in double figures, posting 12 points on the day.
-Graduate student Brooke Wilson recovered a game-high eight rebounds, as GW outrebounded William & Mary, 47-41.
Some walked for personal reasons. Others walked to support a teammate.
George Washington's softball team walked together to become one of Autism Speak's top three donors for the organization's Walk Now event on Nov. 3, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Colonials raised $1,645 in donations for the Autism Speaks Walk that boasted over 9,000 participants.
Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization that works to increase awareness as well as raise funds for research and serve as a support service for individuals touched by autism. Autism Speaks holds "Walk Now" events across the country throughout the year in an effort to engage supporters, inform the population about autism, and bring together individuals touched by the cause in addition to raising funds.
The softball team's participation in the walk was spearheaded by sophomore catcher Samantha Dos Santos. The criminal justice major encouraged her teammates to show support and join a cause that touches her family. With a cousin who has autism and a family member who has created a non-profit organization - Puzzle Peace Now, which supports the costs of raising children with special needs - Dos Santos felt strongly about participating in the walk as a team.
"With my personal experience with autism, I feel that there is little societal awareness about the impact it has. Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism, and it will affect both the child and his or her family for the rest of their lives," said Dos Santos.
Head coach Stacey Schramm was recently notified by Autism Speaks that her squad was one of the top three fundraising teams in this year's D.C. walk. While the coaching staff and administration were impressed by the team's efforts, no one was prouder than Dos Santos.
"I am so thrilled to be a part of GW softball, and so proud of my team for rallying behind the cause and raising an incredible $1,645," she said. "With every dollar raised more research can be conducted and programs are funded so a child has the opportunity to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin. Overall, the Autism Walk was a wonderful experience and we, as a team, feel extremely honored to be recognized by this amazing organization for our efforts."
Basketball season kicked off as fall sports continued to close out their seasons in the weekend's action:
-GW opened the season with a big 80-47 victory over UT Arlington on Friday at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-An impressive second half saw the Colonials outscore the Mavericks 53-23 in first-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis' debut.
-Senior Danni Jackson led the charge with 13 points while seniors Megan Nipe and Shi-Heria Shipp and sophomore Chakecia Miller also posted double-digit performances.
-Graduate student Sara Mostafa pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, as GW dominated UTA on the glass, 54-35.
-Sophomore Maria Saia and freshmen Anjaleace White, Alexis Chandler, Aaliyah Brown and DaLacy Anderson all contributed to the win in their first collegiate appearances.
-The Colonials suffered a close 80-73 loss to Youngstown State on Saturday in their season opener at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-Senior Isaiah Armwood opened the season with an alley-opp dunk off of the opening tip and had another two-point slam to tie the game at 71-71 with 58 seconds left en route to a team-high 18 points in his GW debut.
-Freshman Patricio Garino also posted a notable debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Garino's 13 points are the most by a GW freshman in a debut since Tamal Forchion scored 14 points against Marshall in Nov. 2001.
-The Colonials came up just short of an Atlantic 10 berth as a 3-1 loss to A-10 foe Duquesne closed out GW's season on Saturday.
-Senior Lauren Whyte recorded her 40th career double-double with 19 kills and 18 digs to bring her career kills to 1,625, second all-time at GW.
-Sophomore Kelsey Newman led the match with 19 kills while also contributing 18 digs and three aces.
-Senior Candace Silva-Martin added 21 digs to bring her A-10 all-time leading total to 2,126.
-GW's men's team recorded two 9-0 shutouts over No. 25 Hobart and Kenyon College at the Navy Round Robin on Sunday to continue an undefeated 3-0 start to the season.
-All of GW's men won their matches in straight sets over Kenyon opponents, while eight of nine matches against No. 25 Hobart were won in straight sets by Colonials.
-GW's women scrimmaged the Naval Academy's male junior varsity team and fell by a narrow 5-4 margin.
-Junior Adriana Calderon, and freshmen Emely Levyn and Alexa Tzarnas all won in straight sets. Junior Elizabeth Tapley added a 3-1 decision.
-Both the men's and women's squads are ranked No. 16 and will host fellow ranked opponents of Bates College and Penn on Sunday at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
-Senior Phillip Graeter took home first place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.68, the 200-yard backstroke in 1:54.72, and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:08.37 to round out a strong performance.
-Sophomore Garret Cottingham won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.81 as well as the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:10.77 time.
-Senior Luke Quimby placed first in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 21.26 seconds as well as the 100-yard freestyle in 41.11 seconds. Quimby also helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a .02 victory with a time of 3.11.64.
-The Colonials dropped their first road dual meet of the season in a 211-82 loss to Towson on Saturday.
-Junior Caroline Myers led the Colonials with two first-place finishes. Myers touched the wall first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:18.16 and won the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:37.99.
-Sophomore Janica Lee took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:25.39 and posted a 1:08.04 for a second-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke.
-Senior Skye Kussmann and freshman Hannah McNomee won a pair of races at the Brennan Russell Memorial Regatta in Newport News, Va., over the weekend en route to a third place B Division finish.
-Freshmen Jay Spector and Madeline Taggart also took home a first-place finish at the Brennan Russell Regatta as part of their second-place showing in A Division.
-Freshman Maria Sinagra and sophomore Matthew Ricci put forth a race winning effort in the Atlantic Coast Tournament in St. Mary's City, Md., and finished 12th on the weekend in the B Division.
-Seniors Ian Conners and Rebecca Engel finished second in their first race on the weekend as the duo took 13th in the Atlantic Coast Tournament's A Division.
-Seniors Heather Stevens and Juliana Stern set personal records with times of 22:07 and 22:48, respectively, in the 6,000-meter race.
-The men posted their best-ever finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a 20th-place finish out of 25 teams.
-Freshman Ryan Tucker led the way for the Colonials with a 32:40 finish of the 10,000-meter course.
-Classmate Kyle Ames was GW's next best finisher with a time of 33:31.-Both the men and women will finish up their seasons next weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championship at Van Cortland Park in New York City.
Rudolph led the Colonials with seven goals and 14 points this season. The team co-captain started all but three games on the year, totaling 1,327 minutes on the pitch - fourth-most on the team.
Rudolph finished his career ranking seventh all-time at GW with 29 goals and 11th with 63 points. The native of Belleville, Ill., is a three-time A-10 All-Conference selection, garnering first team honors in 2011 and second team accolades in 2010. Rudolph was also named to the league's all-rookie team in 2009.
GW wrapped up its season on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to No. 21 Charlotte, last season's national runner-up, with Rudolph fittingly providing the goal for the Colonials.
While many George Washington students will cast their ballots and keep a close eye on the 2012 Presidential election, one GW student-athlete will be voting as well - for himself - and hoping that many others do the same - 13,000 to be exact. GW sailing junior William Broman is on the ballot back in his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Mich., as a School Board hopeful.
A 2010 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School - part of the Grosse Pointe school system - Broman believes he knows first-hand what improvements need to be made in the schools.
Broman has used his time at GW as a tool to build a strong campaign. Involvement in College Republicans and an environment of political expertise has allowed the young candidate to create a strong and well-advised platform.
"You wouldn't think that a school board race would get very political, but there are a lot of people that play the political game with education and it just doesn't work out," said Broman. "It really helps me to have the expertise of a lot of different people at GW that I've met in DC or through College Republicans."
Broman is running against two incumbent members who are hoping to beat out the GW junior for two Board positions. Despite concerns of extended absence from home as a GW student-athlete, Broman is fully committed to successfully carry out Board duties if elected. Broman intends to travel home, as well as utilize video conferencing technology, to fully embrace a role as a Board member. Fittingly, Broman is pushing for incorporation of technology in the classroom and an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
Rather than spend Election Day on campus, Broman opted to return home to vote and greet Grosse Pointe residents as they head to the polls, reminding them that the School Board is also on the ballot. Along with participating in a Presidential election for the first time, the 20-year-old biomedical engineering major says it's the experience of voting for himself that has made this Election Day memorable thus far.
"I got to mark my own name on the ballot this morning," said Broman. "It was pretty surreal."
Broman hopes to capture 13,000 votes - roughly one third of the most recent Board election turnout in 2008 - when polls close Tuesday night.
On Election Day 2012, a President and a Colonial share the same ballot.
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Colonials' competition was in full swing over the weekend as several fall sports teams concluded their seasons, while others continued to fight for conference championship bids.
-GW defeated Drexel, 135-114
, on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center Pool for its first dual meet victory of the season.
-The Colonials swept the top three spots in three separate events and claimed top honors in eight of 14 total events.
-Junior Caroline Myers claimed first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:33.26 and was followed by freshman Riley LeBlanc, who finished second in 10:41.08.
-The Colonials took home the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, as freshman Lauren Steagall led the trio in a time of 1:07.89, followed by classmate Mara Debnekoff in 1:10.55 and junior Rachel Johnson in 1:10.90.
-Senior Luke Quimby led the Colonials with top finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay while placing third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free.
-Senior Stephen Nelson and junior Spencer Neff finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
-GW placed first, second and fourth in the 200 free with senior Niklas Glensek leading the way with a time of 1:43.44, followed closely by freshman Jordan Sharples in 1:43.91 and Quimby in fourth in 1:45.57.
Men's Water Polo
-GW finished its season by placing sixth at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship.
-The Colonials opened the tournament on Friday evening with a heartbreaking 12-13 loss
with 1:16 remaining in the second sudden-death period against No. 17 Bucknell.
-Freshman Bogdan Petkovic led the Colonials to a 15-11 win over Washington & Jefferson with five goals, five steals and two field blocks.
-Junior Daniel Tyner paced GW's 18-11 victory over Gannon with four goals, while freshman goalkeeper Connor Dillon made 10 saves.
-The Colonials finished their weekend of play with another overtime loss
, this time to third-seeded Johns Hopkins by a score of 16-15.
-Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes posted 15 saves in the final game of his career, leaving him with a school-record 1,061 saves.
-GW's newest varsity sport earned an eighth-place finish
out of 10 teams over the weekend at the SAISA/MAISA Regatta in Charleston, S.C.
-B Division duo of junior Erin McCormack and sophomore Alex Hitchcock posted eight top-five showings, highlighted by a first-place finish on Saturday en route to seventh place in their division.
-Juniors Evan Boliakis and Sarah McCormack placed eighth overall in the A Division and posted their weekend-best second-place effort on Saturday.
-The Colonials will finish up their first semester of varsity action next weekend at regattas in St. Mary's City, Md., and Newport News, Va.
-Senior Seth Rudolph scored GW's lone goal in the last game of his career, leaving him in seventh place on GW's all-time list with 29 goals. Rudolph also finishes his career with 63 total points, good for 11th all-time at GW.
-The A-10 rival 49ers scored the decisive goal with just 5:39 remaining in regulation.
Men's & Women's Squash
-Both GW squash squads took home dominant 9-0 victories over Georgetown in their season openers on Friday evening.
-On the women's side
, freshmen Anna Gabriela Porras, Emily Levyn, Alexa Tzarnas and Sarah Allen all enjoyed straight-set victories in their collegiate debuts.
-For the men
, seniors Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy and freshmen James Reiss, Reid Breck and Browning Platt all won in straight sets.
-Senior Lauren Whyte led the charge with a match-high 17 kills, while the defense totaled 10.0 team blocks.
-Candace Silva-Martin recorded a career-high 36 digs to put her in sole possession of the Atlantic 10's all-time record with 2,105 digs.
-Whyte posted the 39th double-double of her career with 19 kills and 22 digs, while freshman Margarethe Skjelbred led all players with five blocks.
The GW women's rowing team concluded its fall schedule at Saturday's Head of the Occoquan on the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, Va.
The Colonials entered four boats across two races in Saturday's event with each performing well in their final fall tune-up before moving indoors for the winter months.
GW's Varsity 8 and JV 8 competed in the Collegiate Women's 8+ event, with the Varsity crew taking third place overall out of 34 boats.
The Colonials finished in 17:11.12, trailing only winner Georgetown (17:04.93) and runner-up Navy (17:07.37) while finishing 14 seconds ahead of the fourth-place Navy B boat. The JV 8 took 19th place in 18:54.73.
"It was great to get back on the water after Hurricane Sandy," said Head Coach Eric Carcich. "We finished in a tight pack of high-quality boats in the top end of the Collegiate Eights event. It was a good performance by our Varsity boat, but we have areas to improve upon. Overall, I was happy with our performance."
Both of GW's Freshmen boats finished in the top six of the 26-boat Collegiate Novice 8+ field. The Freshman 8 finished in third place overall out of 26 crews in 18:49.24, followed by the Freshman 2F boat in sixth place (20:09.86).
"I was also very pleased with the freshmen crews," said Coach Carcich. "It was a great opportunity to race as a class one last time before heading inside for the winter. We are looking forward to getting back to work and getting faster these next few months."
The Colonials open the 2013 season at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 23.
Men's swimming senior Stephan Franke was named GW's Community Service Athlete of the Month for October earlier this week.
The Community Service Athlete of the Month award, a distinction which started this year, goes to the student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and Washington community through service.
"Stephan is a leader and he has done a great job of keeping the team involved in service efforts," said head coach Dan Rhinehart. "It is very important to give back, and participating in community service is a big part of what GW Athletics stands for."
A co-captain of the men's swimming team, Franke has led the Colonials' in several community service efforts so far this year and the team now leads the Department of Athletics in per capita community service hours completed.
"The Community Service Athlete of the Month award is an individual honor, but this truly is an award that goes to our entire team," Franke said. "Our team has worked diligently to form a relationship with the Washington, D.C., community and we have had a great time doing so."
Franke has been instrumental in organizing the squad's service projects, which include volunteering at Taste of DC, Walk to Defeat ALS, Trick or Treat for Service, and Students Against Sexual Assault. In addition to his efforts with his teammates, Franke also volunteers as a mentor at Francis Stevens Middle School as part of GW's partnership with College for Every Student.
"As a team our goal is to give back to the local community as much as possible," said Franke. "We have a great group of senior leaders who actively contribute and lead by example, and we are all enjoying the process."
Though delayed by Sandy, here's our weekly look at the Colonials in competition over the past weekend:
-GW dropped a close 1-0 match
to A-10 newcomer Butler on Friday afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
-The Colonials finished their season with a 4-1 victory over Saint Louis
on Senior Day on Sunday, beating the Billikens for the first time ever in the six meetings between the programs.
-Sophomore Nicole Belfonti scored her first career goal in the season finale.
-Senior Molly Bruh racked up three points on Sunday with a goal and an assist en route to Colonial of the Week
-Prior to the match against the Billikens, the Colonials honored Bruh, Adriana Moya, Samie Cloutier and Kayley Sullivan in a Senior Day ceremony.
-Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe made four stops on the day.
-Junior Tyler Ranalli took four of GW's five shots in the match.
-Freshman Oliver Keegan placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.09, while senior Alex Etz finished second with a time of 54.92.
-Senior Phillip Graeter, junior Jake Mortensen and sophomore Garrett Cottingham took the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley.
-GW earned the top spot in the 400-yard freestyle relay with the team of Graeter, Keegan, senior Stephen Nelson and freshman Jordan Sharples.
-Junior Caroline Myers led the Colonials with four first-place finishes in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
-Sophomore Janica Lee won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:27.48.
-Lee, freshman Hannah Schaefer and junior Emily Kane took the top spots in the 200-yard individual medley.
-GW finished out the day with a first-place showing by the junior team of Sloan and Sydney Saunders, Melissa Fernandez and Caroline Myers in the 400-free relay.
-Senior Lauren Whyte led GW with 17 kills and six digs, while sophomore Kelsey Newman recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs against the Musketeers.
-Senior Candace Silva-Martin posted a team-high 20 digs to place her just 29 away from becoming the A-10's all-time career leader.
Men's Water Polo
-Sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan paced the offense with a trio of goals.
-Freshman Bogdan Petkovic recorded a goal, seven steals and two field blocks in the match.
-Senior Heather Stevens earned All-Conference honros with a 15th-place finish out of 140 runners.
-GW golf wrapped up the 2012 fall season with a 20th-place finish
at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic in South Carolina with an overall team score of 75-over par 927.
-Sophomore Jack Persons shot a combined score of 11-over to tie for 28th place.
-GW placed 15th
in the weekend's War Memorial Regatta, the Colonials' first MAISA Fall Coed Championship as a varsity program.
-The sailors narrowly missed qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Tournament as teams placing eight through 14 received bids.