Colonials Athletics Roundup - Nov. 9-11

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Basketball season kicked off as fall sports continued to close out their seasons in the weekend's action: 
Women's Basketball
-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.
Men's Basketball
-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.
Men's Swimming
-GW fell to Towson, 162-117, on Saturday afternoon at the Tiger's Burdick Pool.
-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.
Women's Swimming
-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.
-GW posted four race victories in its final two regattas of its first semester as a varsity sport.
-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.
Cross Country
-GW's women finished 21st out of 31 teams at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday.
-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.

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