The Colonials continued play over Thanksgiving weekend as basketball season gets into full swing:
Men's Basketball -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. -Senior Isaiah Armwood recorded his first double-double as a Colonial with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds with five blocks.
-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. -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.
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.
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.
-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.
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."