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While Washington, D.C., welcomed thousands of visitors for the second Inauguration of President Obama, George Washington's golf team remembered the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering with Points of Light on Saturday, Jan. 19.  

Points of Light is a non-profit volunteer organization that began in response to President George H.W. Bush's call for increased community service action among Americans.  Points of Light has increased its reach globally over its more than 20 years of existence.  The bipartisan organization recruits volunteers from all walks of life, ranging from children to high-positioned politicians.   

GW's golf team contributed to the almost 10,000 participants in this year's Points of Light MLK Day of Service.  Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance, taking time from a busy inaugural weekend to join Colin Powell and thousands of others at the D.C. Armory to assemble care kits for members of the military and civilian first responders.  

The student-athletes utilized the Athletics Department's newly-added Life Skills Coordinator to discover the opportunity to work with Points of Light. 

The golfers spent their Saturday writing letters to thank members of the armed forces as well as assembling kits of household necessities for our overseas protectors. 

"It was important for us to participate in this event because it allowed us to show our support for our troops," said senior co-captain Manny Tulumaris.  "The golf world has always been a huge supporter of our armed forces, and we were happy to represent GW and contribute to this excellent cause."

GW's student-athletes are committed to dedicating time both to their sport and to their community. 

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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Jan. 25-27

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Here's a look at how the Colonials brought home a slew of victories over the weekend:

Men's Basketball
-GW dominated league co-leader Charlotte, 82-54, for its third-straight Atlantic 10 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center. 
-Freshman Patricio Garino led the Colonials with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, and a game-high four steals.
-Seniors Lasan Kromah and Bryan Bynes each added 12 points while seniors Isaiah Armwood and Dwayne Smith contributed nine points apiece. 
-GW scored a season-high 82 points while its defense held the 49ers to 31.6 percent shooting with just six assists while forcing 17 turnovers. 
-The Colonials are slated to take on La Salle on Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center.

Women's Basketball
-The Colonials posted a convincing victory over Rhode Island, holding a double-digit lead for much of the 57-43 win on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Center.  
-Graduate student Tara Booker and senior Shi-Heria Shipp scored a team-high 12 points apiece, while grad student Sara Mostafa needed just one point to complete her second double-double in three games with nine points and 11 rebounds. 
-Sophomore Chakecia Miller continued her hot play with nine points and a career-high eight rebounds and 10 steals.  Miller's 10 steals matched the second-highest single-game total ever by a Colonial; Laurie Cann had 12 in 1978.
-GW will face A-10 rival Duquesne for an 11 a.m. tipoff on Wednesday at the Smith Center.  

Men's Squash
-The No. 17 men's squash team took a pair of victories from Johns Hopkins, 8-0, and Maryland, 7-0, over the weekend at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
-GW dropped only one set to Johns Hopkins over the course of the two matches to move their record to 9-7. 
-Freshman Reid Breck leads the Colonials with a 15-2 individual record. Senior Omar Sobhy is right behind at 13-2 and freshman James Reiss is also in double-figure wins with a 10-6 mark. 
-The Colonials will take on No. 20 Drexel at home on Saturday before traveling to Rhode Island for a match against No. 18 Brown on Sunday evening. 

Women's Squash
-GW's No. 13 squash team defeated Johns Hopkins and Bucknell in a pair of shutouts at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center on Saturday.  
-The Colonials did not drop a single set on the day and improved their record to 8-6 overall.
-Freshman Anna Gabriela Porras paces the Colonials with a 10-6 individual record. 
-GW will face No. 21 Drexel on Saturday afternoon before taking a trip to Rhode Island for a Sunday matinee with No. 9 Brown. 

-The Colonials posted a season-high score of 193.875 in a third-place finish behind No. 23 Kent State (194.675), and Western Michigan, (194.125), on Friday evening at the M.A.C. Center.
-GW scored season-highs as a team on vault (48.600) and balance beam (48.100) in addition to scores of 48.450 on uneven bars and 48.275 on floor exercise. 
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy placed second overall for the all-around while turning in a team-high 9.825 (t-4th) floor exercise routine.  
-Junior Taylor Henderson set a new career-high score of 9.850 on the uneven bars, tying for fourth place on the event.
-The Colonials will face East Atlantic Gymnastics League foe New Hampshire and Yale on Sunday to conclude a three-meet road trip in Durham, N.H. 

Men's Tennis
-GW fell to No. 70 Cornell, 6-1, in the team's season opener at the Army Navy Country Club on Saturday evening.
-The doubles team of junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils defeated Big Red's duo, 8-5, in the No. 1 match.
-Junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov earned the Colonials' second doubles victory, 8-3, in the second-flight match.  
-GW returns to action as the Colonials host East Carolina at the Regency Sports and Health Club in McLean, Va., on Friday.

Women's Tennis
-GW dropped a 5-2 decision at Old Dominion in its season opener on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.
-The Colonials' two wins came in the form of college spring debut victories for GW.  
-Freshman Lana Robins earned a three-set second-flight victory by scores of 7-5, 6-7, 6-3.
-Freshman Stephanie Wei recorded a 6-4, 7-6 win in the No. 4 spot.
-The Colonials host Howard on Saturday at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va.

Men's Swimming
-The Colonials dropped their final meet of the regular season to George Mason, 159-101, on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
-GW's eight seniors, Alex Etz, Stephan Franke, Duncan Galler, Niklas Glenesk, Phillip Graeter, Stephen Nelson, Zach Peart, and Luke Quimby, were honord prior to the meet in a Senior Day ceremony.  
-Junior Jake Mortensen took first in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.89 seconds.
-Sophomore Garret Cottingham took first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.41 seconds, followed by classmate Adam Rabe in 1:00.68 for second place. 
-The Colonials return to the pool for the Atlantic 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio from Feb. 19-23.

Women's Swimming
-GW was edged, 133-129, by George Mason at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool in the final meet of the regular season on Saturday afternoon.
-The Colonials claimed the top-three spots in four separate events on the afternoon.  
-The team of junior Lindsay Moore, freshman Lauren Steagall, sophomore Morgan Zebley and junior Sloan Saunders took home first place in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:50.09.  
-Sophomore Caroline Myers paced the Colonials with a first-place finish in both the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:28.03) and the 500 free (5:08.59).  
-Steagall touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.09.  
-Sophomore Janica Lee finished the 200 breast in 2:27.62 to take home top honors.  
-The Colonials will take a break from competition until Feb. 19-23 at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

GW Swimming Collects Canned Food Donations at Final Meet

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While the George Washington men's and women's swimming teams prepared for their final meet of the regular season on Saturday and finalized Senior Day ceremony details, the Colonials also worked on a separate initiative outside of the pool - a canned food drive.

GW collected canned food items over the course of Saturday afternoon, prior to and during the Colonials' swimming meet against George Mason at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. In all, the squad collected 279 cans which will be split and donated to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry and Catholic Charities.

"We were really excited to work on the canned food drive because it is so important to give back to the D.C. community," said junior Lindsay Moore, who helped spearhead the initiative alongside sophomore Morgan Zebley. "The entire team helped get the word out about the drive and we were elated to discover we collected almost 300 cans. It is a great feeling to be able to say we helped the local community."

"It is great to see the team get involved with community service because they know they are in a position where they can make an impact," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "It is very important to give back, and participating in community service is a big part of what GW Athletics stands for."

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Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Preseason Poll | 2012-13 Schedule | @GWMensTennis | GW Men's Tennis on Facebook

 - Heading into the 2013 season in search of its third straight conference championship, the George Washington men's tennis team was predicted to finish second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's 14 head coaches.

The Colonials - who swept the conference post-season awards just one year ago - received two first-place votes and were selected to finish behind A-10 newcomer VCU, which is ranked No. 32 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Rams are coming off of a 2012 Colonial Athletic Conference and their 19
th NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years. Charlotte was selected to finish behind GW in third and Xavier and Richmond were chosen fourth and fifth, respectively. Temple was chosen to finish sixth and Fordham and Duquesne were tied for seventh. Rounding out the poll were Saint Louis (ninth), Saint Joseph's (10th), league newcomer Butler (11th), Dayton (12th), St. Bonaventure (13th) and La Salle (14th).

The two-time defending conference champion, GW enters its 2013 spring campaign after an impressive fall season in which the squad combined for nine upsets over nationally ranked opponents. Under the direction of two-time reigning A-10 Coach of the Year Greg Munoz, the Colonials enter the spring season with two nationally ranked top-100 players, as sophomore Francisco Dias and junior transfer Nikita Fomin debuted at Nos. 76 and 96, respectively, on the first Campbell/ITA Division I Men's National Singles Rankings of the season.

The Colonials lost just two players to graduation last spring and return Dias - the reigning A-10 Performer of the Year and Rookie Performer of the Year - and classmate Mike Kachkar, juniors Viktor Svensson and All-Conference Second Team selection Ulrik Thomsen, and seniors Leonardo Lapentti and All-Conference First Team honoree Alexander van Gils to the lineup. The Buff and Blue also welcome four highly touted newcomers in Fomin, fellow junior transfer Sinan Ipeker, and freshmen Kevin Kovacs and Danil Zelenkov.

GW looks to break into the national rankings this year as their spring slate features seven nationally ranked opponents and three NCAA participants.

The Colonials open their season when No. 70 Cornell comes to the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a 5:30 p.m. match.

2013 A-10 Men's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish
1. VCU
2. George Washington
3. Charlotte
4. Xavier
5. Richmond
6. Temple
T-7. Fordham
T-7. Duquesne
9. Saint Louis
10. Saint Joseph's
11. Butler
12. Dayton
13. St. Bonaventure
14. La Salle

GW Women's Tennis Picked Seventh in A-10 Preseason Poll

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Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Preseason Poll | 2012-13 Schedule | @GW_Tennis | GW Women's Tennis on Facebook

 - After reaching the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship for three straight years, the George Washington women's tennis team was predicted to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's 16 head coaches.

A-10 newcomer VCU was selected to finish atop the conference after claiming two Colonial Athletic Conference Championships in the past three seasons and making their 13
th NCAA appearance last spring. Four-time defending champion Richmond was predicted to finish second, followed by Massachusetts in third and Temple in fourth. Charlotte was selected to finish fifth and Xavier was picked sixth, followed by GW in seventh, Saint Louis in eighth and Fordham in ninth. Duquesne (10th), Rhode Island (11th), A-10 newcomer Butler (12th), Saint Joseph's (13th), Dayton (14th) St. Bonaventure (15) and La Salle (16th) round out the preseason poll.

In last year's A-10 Championship, GW dropped the quarterfinal round match to eventual champion Richmond. The Colonials and the Spiders are not unfamiliar opponents in the league tournament as GW fell to Richmond in both the 2010 title match and the 2011 quarterfinals.

The Buff and Blue lost three players to graduation last spring and return four letterwinners from the 2011-12 squad in two-time All-Conference Second Team selection junior Leah Pascarella, classmate Isabella Escobar and seniors Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia. The Colonials welcome four freshmen to the lineup in Christina Carpenter, Egle Jakuciunaite, Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei.

GW kicks off its 2013 spring campaign on the road with a 1 p.m. match at Old Dominion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

2013 A-10 Women's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish
1. VCU
2. Richmond
3. Massachusetts
4. Temple
5. Charlotte
6. Xavier
7. George Washington
8. Saint Louis
9. Fordham
10. Duquesne
11. Rhode Island
12. Butler
13. Saint Joseph's
14. Dayton
15. St. Bonaventure
16. La Salle

Atlantic 10 Golf Preseason Poll | 2012-13 Schedule | @GW_Golf

 - After claiming its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in 2012, the George Washington golf team was predicted to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's 13 head coaches.

Charlotte - whose six-year string of A-10 titles was snapped by the Colonials by two shots last spring - was selected to claim the crown with eight first-place votes. Xavier, which tied for second with Charlotte at the conference championship last season, was picked to finish second and Richmond was chosen to finish third. A-10 newcomer VCU was chosen to finish fourth and Dayton earned the fifth spot. Following the Colonials in the poll were Temple (seventh), Rhode Island (eighth), St. Bonaventure (ninth) and conference newcomer Butler (10
th). Fordham (11th), La Salle (12th) and Saint Joseph's (13th) rounded out the poll.

GW took home its first-ever A-10 title last season under the direction of reigning A-10 Coach of the Year Terry Shaffer ('79) with a new 36-hole program record score of 8-under par 568. After winning the championship, GW earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Greensboro Regional, making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament East Regional since 2006 when the Colonials received an at-large bid.

GW graduated Andres Pumariega - who was named to the A-10 All-Conference Team following a second-place individual finish at last season's conference championship - along with Taylor Fuqua, Martin Liu and Brandon Rukin. The Buff and Blue return six players to this year's roster including sophomore Jack Persons, who helped GW claim the 2012 conference title as a freshman.

The 2013 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship will be held at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., from April 26-28.

GW opens its spring slate at the Harmony Preserve Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla., from March 4-6.

2013 A-10 Golf Predicted Order of Finish (2012 Finish)

1. Charlotte (T-2nd)
2. Xavier (T-2nd)
3. Richmond (4th)
4. VCU (4th in CAA)
5. Dayton (6th)
6. George Washington (1st)
7. Temple (10th)
8. Rhode Island (5th)
9. St. Bonaventure (11th)
10. Butler (6th in Horizon League)
11. Fordham (8th)
12. La Salle (7th)
13. Saint Joseph's (9th)

Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - Jan. 18-20

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The return of students to Foggy Bottom means the return of Weekend Roundup. Take a look back at a successful weekend for the Colonials.

Women's Basketball
-First-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis recorded his first A-10 victory in a 79-68 defeat of VCU on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Wireless Arena.
-Sophomore Chakecia Miller led GW with 20 points as five Colonials reached double figures, including graduate student Sara Mostafa, who posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, complemented by four blocks.
-GW shot a season-high 52.7 percent from the field and 95.2 percent from the foul line, while VCU shot just 33.8 percent on the day.
-The Colonials return to action on Thursday, as they visit defending A-10 champion and No. 17-ranked Dayton.

Men's Basketball
-GW notched its second A-10 win of the season and first on the road in a 79-76 victory over UMass on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center.
-Freshman Joe McDonald led the squad with a 16-point, 10-assist double-double, while seniors Dwayne Smith and Lasan Kromah and freshman Patricio Garino also reached double figures in scoring.
-Behind four freshman starters (the only team in the nation to start four freshmen this season), GW built a 16-point lead early in the second half and withstood a late rally by Massachusetts (12-5, 2-2 A-10).
-The Colonials return to action tomorrow night when they visit Rhode Island.

Men's Swimming
-GW defeated cross-town rival Georgetown for the second year in a row with a 145-135 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Hoyas' McCarthy Pool.
-Junior Jake Mortensen, sophomore Garrett Cottingham and freshman Oliver Keegan each one three events to pace the Colonials.
-The trio teamed with senior Luke Quimby to lead off the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
-Cottingham continued his strong performance with wins in both breaststroke events, while Keegan won both butterfly events and Mortenson took both backstroke events.
-GW will host George Mason on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center in its final dual meet before the Atlantic 10 Championships. The meet will serve as Senior Day for eight Colonial swimmers.

Women's Swimming
-The Colonials earned a come-from-behind one-point victory (147-146) over District rival Georgetown as GW took the meet in the final event with first- and third-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the Hoyas' McCarthy Pool.
-The Colonials mimicked last season's dual meet victory over the Hoyas, as junior Sload Saunders, freshman Kally Vanderbilt and juniors Melissa Fernandez and Sydney Saunders claimed first in the relay, and the team of juniors Lindsay Moore and Taylor Cole, sophomore Morgan Zebley and junior Caroline Myers took third to give GW the victory.
-Myers led GW with three individual victories in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles.
-Freshman Lauren Steagall won the 100-yard breaststroke, while sophomore Janica Lee placed first in the 200 breast.
-Sloan Saunders rounded out the winning performances in the 100 free.
-GW will host George Mason on Saturday at the Smith Center in its final dual meet before the A-10 Championships.

-The Colonials finished in third place with 192.475 points in Sunday's tri-meet at North Carolina's Carmichael Arena, behind the host Tar Heels (194.500) and William & Mary (192.925).
-Senior Stephanie Stoicovy won the floor exercise for the second week in a row with a 9.850 performance and posted a second-place 38.925 all-around score on the day.
-Sophomore Elena Corcoran earned second place with a 9.775 vault routine, topping her season-opening performance by .050.
-Junior Taylor Henderson posted a career-high 9.800 on the uneven bars to tie for third place in the event.
-GW returns to action on Friday in Ohio for a tri-meet with Kent State and Western Michigan.

Women's Squash
-GW's No. 12 women's squash team fell in four contests against nationally ranked competition over the weekend in New England.
-GW suffered a 9-0 loss to No. 2 Yale on Friday night, as freshman Anna Gabriela Porras was the only Colonial to win a set.
-On Saturday, No. 10 Williams and No. 13 Columbia bested the Colonials in consecutive 8-1 losses, as Porras won a pair of 3-0 victories at the No. 1 position on the ladder.
-Sunday saw GW fall to No. 6 Cornell by a score of 9-0.
-The Colonials host Johns Hopkins at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health and Wellness Center on Friday night before hosting Bucknell on Saturday afternoon.

Men's Squash
-The No. 16 GW men's squash team suffered losses to No. 12 Williams, No. 9 Columbia, No. 4 Cornell and No. 17 Middlebury in a tough weekend of nationally ranked competition.
-Saturday saw a pair of 8-1 defeats for the Colonials, as senior Omar Sobhy and freshman Reid Breck posted GW's wins on the day against Williams and Columbia, respectively.
-Sobhy picked up two victories on the weekend at the No. 1 spot on the ladder with a pair of wins on Sunday.
-Breck and freshman Browning Platt also recorded wins against Middlebury on Sunday.
-The Colonials will host a doubleheader with Johns Hopkins and Virginia on Friday before facing Maryland on Saturday at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health and Wellness Center.

College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Teams

Senior pitcher Kenny O'Brien and junior utility player Owen Beightol have each been named to the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team.

O'Brien, an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selection last season, led the Colonials and ranked fourth in the A-10 with a 2.76 earned run average. He also led the team with five wins, 52 strikeouts and six saves in 58.2 innings of relief work. A southpaw from
Yonkers, N.Y., O'Brien retired 21 batters on a called third strike.

Beightol led the Colonials in batting average (.309), slugging percentage (.459), runs (30), home runs (5) and multiple-hit games (16) while finishing second in total bases during a strong sophomore campaign. The
Richmond, Va., native hit safely in 17 of his final 19 games and appeared in 52 games with 49 starts. He also had three hitting streaks of at least seven games.

The George Washington baseball team will begin outdoor practice at the full-renovated
Barcroft Park on Friday, January 25. The Colonials open the 2013 season, and the first season under new head coach Gregg Ritchie ('86), on February 15 at Davidson. 


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The George Washington women's rowing team returned to campus this week following a nine-day winter training trip to Tampa, Florida.

The Colonials spent the trip working out on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and enjoying team bonding activities around the area.

"It was really nice to get down to Tampa where the girls could focus on rowing and preparing for the spring," said head coach Eric Carcich. "We were able to get about 15 on-the-water sessions on the Hillsborough River, which is a great river that meanders its way through downtown Tampa. The first five days the clouds were out and it was overcast so the motor boats didn't really bug us and we were able to really take our time and break down our stroke on the technical side, something we can't do up north in the early spring."

However, the Colonials were not the only ones on the water in Tampa. They encountered a number of wildlife that make the Tampa Bay area home. "We got a lot of miles in," said Coach Carcich. "We were able to go straight out into the bay where we saw tons of wildlife like dolphins, manatees and pelicans."

The Colonials put in a lot of hard work on the water, but were also able to enjoy the break from classes by exploring the area and bonding. "What is nice about Tampa is we have a lot of down time," said Coach Carcich. "I truly believe it is a big growth stage for the team as far as coming together. They don't have the academic stress so they do a lot of activities off the water. Some girls went to the Tampa Bay Aquarium, others went to Clearwater Beach, one of the nicest beaches in the area. They got to spend some time in the Gulf (of Mexico). Just enjoy a little bit of time away from classes, but spending great time with their teammates."

So what lies ahead in the coming weeks as the Colonials prepare for their season opener on March 30?

"We now go into a five-week indoor training phase," explained Coach Carcich. "Ideally, we get back on the water in mid-February, so we will be pretty intensive these next five weeks. We want to build on the fitness we gained down in Florida and truly try to improve our overall physiology so we can be ready to go when we open the season on March 30 in the Yankee Cup versus Rhode Island up in Kingston."


Softball junior Chelsea Lenhart has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for December.

The Community Service Student-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 communities through service.

"Chelsea takes initiative to involve the team in various service activities," said head softball coach Stacey Schramm. "I'm not sure how she manages to participate in so many great causes, but it reflects who she is as a person and teammate. She makes time to help others, even if it means putting her own needs aside."

Lenhart participated in a number of community service projects with her team during the fall semester, including AIDS Walk and Autism Speaks Walk, as well as Book at the Zoo, which serves as an opportunity for Washington, D.C., families to trick or treat in a safe environment.She and her teammates also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, where they prepared meals for the residents - children receiving medical treatment for terminal illnesses and their families.

Lenhart is also a member of the Grassroot Colonials program, which partners with Georgetown University and Howard University to bring HIV/AIDS education to at-risk middle schools in the District. In addition, she took part in GW's Trick or Treat for Service, an annual October event in which students go door-to-door in the neighborhoods surrounding the Mount Vernon Campus to collect non-perishable items and hygiene products for the Capital Area Food Bank.

"Taking an active role in bettering our community was an integral part of my upbringing," said Lenhart, an international affairs major. "Coming to GW, I wanted to continue working alongside those who will still live in D.C. even after I have finished my collegiate career. I am very honored to be recognized for something that I have always viewed as a necessary standard, and I am very proud to be part of an athletics department that puts such a high emphasis on volunteering and servicing others. I look forward to working with fellow student-athletes and students alike in future volunteer activities."

Outside of D.C., Lenhart also found time to give back to those in need during her school breaks. While in Akron, Ohio, for Thanksgiving, Lenhart and other members of the community gathered clothing, food and other necessities and distributed the supplies to homeless people in downtown Akron. In addition, the Phoenix, Ariz., native volunteered at a local children's hospital while home for winter break.

"Chelsea's 48 hours of community service last semester have demonstrated her outstanding commitment to Raise High our community," said GW Athletics Life Skills coordinator Ted Costigan.

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While the majority of George Washington students were ringing in the New Year and enjoying the final weeks of winter break, the Colonials' men's and women's swimming teams traveled to Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, for their annual January training trip.

Though one might think Puerto Rico means a week of fun in the sun, the Colonials used the seven days to focus on intensive training both in and out of the water. The GW swimming teams met at an off-site pool every morning from Jan. 1-8 for their in-water workouts, then met back up later in the afternoon for their dry-land sessions.

"This is our fifth year in Puerto Rico because warm weather is most consistent for training," said 15th-year head coach Dan Rhinehart. "This is a week of very intensive training and our workouts are a lot more difficult than what they are used to. We are in the water every morning and either running, lifting weights or doing ab work every afternoon."

With the Colonials' last competition taking place exactly one month before the trip, they look at the week as a chance to regroup and refocus heading into 2013.

"Our winter training trip is crucial to our season because we are able to focus solely on swimming without outside distractions," said junior Jake Mortensen. "It is important that we don't relax too much over winter break because we don't want to lose all of the hard work we put in during the fall."

"The trip is a nice break up from the one-month lull between meets," said Coach Rhinehart. "This is the time where we go to work and make our big push to get ready for the Atlantic 10 Championships in February."

Following the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend, GW will compete in two more dual meets before heading to the A-10 Championships from Feb. 19-23 in Geneva, OH.

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#12 Women's Squash Closes Training Trip With Victory

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The No. 12-ranked George Washington women's squash team concluded its winter training trip to the Grand Cayman Islands with a 9-0 triumph over No. 25 Wellesley College at the South Sound Squash Club on Grand Cayman on Friday.

The Colonials won eight of nine matches in straight sets, including a dominant 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 win by Anna Gabriela Porras at No. 1 and an 11-0, 11-1, 11-3 triumph by Elizabeth Tapley at No. 6. 

The men's and women's squash teams both spent a week on Grand Cayman. The Colonials spent a week training and also took time to coach and play with local youths while preparing to resume their 2012-13 schedules.

The No. 15 GW men's squash team is back in action with a match against No. 16 Navy on Wednesday evening at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center. 

Both the men's and women's team will travel north to New Haven, Conn., for a weekend of matches. The full weekend schedule is below.

(W) #12 George Washington at #2 Yale

(W) #12 George Washington vs. #10 Williams
(W) #12 George Washington vs. #13 Columbia
(M) #15 George Washington vs. #12 Williams
(M) #15 George Washington vs. #9 Columbia

(W) #12 George Washington vs. #6 Cornell
(M) #15 George Washington vs. #4 Cornell
(M) #15 George Washington vs. #17 Middlebury

The GW women's squash team poses Wellesley College after the Colonials 9-0 victory. 

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Members of the GW men's squash team pictured with members of the University of Grand Cayman College team following the Colonials 5-3 exhibition victory.

The George Washington men's and women's squash teams coached and played with local youth on Grand Cayman during their Winter Training trip.

Members of the men's and women's squash teams enjoy the beautiful beaches on Grand Cayman following a morning training session.

The Colonials interact with wild sting ray while snorkeling the coral reefs off of Grand Cayman Island.

The George Washington men's squash team, currently in the Grand Cayman Islands as part of its winter training trip, defeated the University of Grand Cayman College in an exhibition on Tuesday night at the South Sound Squash Club.

The Colonials prevailed, 5-3, with victories from James Reiss, Reid Breck, Sam Ehrlich, Browning Platt and David Moxley.

Cameron Stafford def. Omar Sobhy 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 (Grand Cayman)
James Reiss def. Dean Watson 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (GW)
Gabe Rabess def. Larkin Brinkworth 2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (Grand Cayman)
Reid Breck def. David Finch 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (GW)
Neil Stonewig def. Player Haynes - Default (Grand Cayman)
Sam Ehrlich def. Stephen Gilbert 12-10, 11-13, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (GW)
Browning Platt def. Jorge Vera 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (GW)
David Moxley def. Paul Johnson 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 (GW)

 No. 15 GW resumes its regular season on Jan. 16, when the Colonials welcome No. 16 Navy to the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center. 


Members of the GW men's squash team pictured with members of the University of Grand Cayman College team following the Colonials 5-3 exhibition victory on Tuesday evening. 

GW Volleyball Adds Transfer to Roster

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George Washington volleyball head coach Amanda Ault has announced that transfer Jordan Timmer, a setter from Central Michigan, will be joining the Colonials in time for the 2013 spring semester.

Timmer appeared in 16 matches for the Chippewas as a freshman this past season, averaging 4.45 assists per set in addition to a .269 hitting percentage and 28 digs.

"We are extremely excited to have Jordan join us for the spring semester," said head coach Amanda Ault. "I was fortunate enough to watch Jordan develop as a player throughout her club seasons.  She understands the commitment that is needed from the setting position and has great court awareness.  She is a fiery player and her athleticism helps her control the game."

A 2011 Senior Ace (Top 250 recruit) and an Andi Collins Award Finalist, awarded to the nation's top prep-setter, Timmer finished her scholastic career at Lowell High School with 4,385 assists, 416 aces and 1,016 kills. She was a three-time Most Valuable Player selection, three-time team captain and three-time selection to the First Team All-Conference, All-Region and All-State teams.

"It will be great to have her here this spring so she can begin bonding with our hitters and learning the system," said Coach Ault.


The wind chill may be near freezing in D.C., but softball season is only a month away. Colonials' fans have much to look forward to on the diamond in 2013, as GW looks to build on the momentum created last season when the team won 16 of its last 23 games and reached the Atlantic 10 title game for the first time in school history.

In preparation for the new season, College Sports Madness released its preseason A-10 all-conference squad and named sophomore shortstop Tori Valos to the first team and senior outfielder Autumn Taylor to the second team.

A 2012 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, Valos put together one of the best rookie campaigns in GW history last year. She hit a team-best .320 and also led the Colonials in hits (56), home runs (11), RBIs (33), runs scored (32) and slugging percentage (.577). Her 11 homers were a school record, while her 33 RBIs matched the school mark. The native of Bakersfield, Calif., started all 55 games at shortstop, where she displayed outstanding range, recording 136 assists on the year.

Valos, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on April 9, posted 13 multi-hit efforts and nine games with multiple RBIs on the season, and she put together three separate hitting streaks of five games or more, including a season-ending six-game run.

Valos cemented her place in GW Softball lore with her performance in the Atlantic 10 Championship, where she batted .368 (7-for-19) with seven RBIs, six runs scored and five extra-base hits, including three home runs. She drove in the winning run with a suicide squeeze bunt in the top of the 14th inning to knock out defending A-10 champion Fordham and reach the title game, and the next day in the championship, the rookie tied the game in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer off A-10 Pitcher of the Year Sara Plourde.

Taylor batted .294, matching Valos for the team lead with 33 RBIs and 32 runs scored while ranking second in hits (53), doubles (11) and home runs (10). She slugged .522 on the season and stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. In addition, she started all 55 games in the outfield, including 49 in center, and displayed a strong arm, recording a team-high six outfield assists.

Taylor put together a team-best 10-game hitting streak from April 19-May 9 and was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on April 30. Her 16 career home runs are currently tied for second all-time in program history.

The Colonials open their 2013 campaign at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell Feb. 8-9. GW's home opener will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26, against Drexel. Follow GW Softball all season long on Twitter at @GW_Softball.

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