Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Nov. 16-18

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The Colonials head into Thanksgiving week after a slew of strong performances over the weekend: 

Men's Squash
-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.  

Women's Squash
-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. 

Cross Country
-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.
-GW's men finished out their fall season with a 10th-place finish out of 16 teams at the IC4A Championships, also held in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx.
-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.

Women's Swimming
-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.  

Men's Swimming
-GW took home sixth out of eight teams in the weekend's Patriot Invitational at George Mason's Jim McKay Natatorium.
-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.

Men's Basketball
-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). 

Women's Basketball
-The Colonials improved their record to 2-1 with a 58-51 victory over William & Mary on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
-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.  

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