July 2013 Archives

@GW_WaterPolo Alumni Reunite in St. Louis

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A group of George Washington men's water polo alumni reunited last weekend for the 46th Annual Clayton Men's Senior Open, a water polo tournament in Clayton, Mo.

Patrick Dodge ('04) - the Colonials' all-time leader in ejections drawn and four-time team MVP - organized the team, which consisted of 10 alumni, most with ties to the St. Louis area.

"GW used to participate in this tournament years ago, and we decided it would be a good opportunity to get together," Dodge said. "This is the second straight year we've entered a team as GW alumni."

Joining Dodge were Daniel Batten ('98), Josh Gimpleson ('02), 2004 MVP Nick Koenemann ('05), Doug Maitz ('00), Carlos Nossa ('98), Brad Oliver ('01), all-time goals-against average and save percentage leader Tony Paster ('00), Bo Stewart ('96) and 2007 honorable mention All-American David Zenk ('09), as well as 15th-year head coach Scott Reed.

"It was great that Coach Reed made the trip," Dodge said. "It will help create a strong connection between the current and former team."

"This was a great opportunity to bring our alumni together to share each other's experiences from when they played, have some fun competing and get to know GW's vision for the future," said Coach Reed. "This should be a great annual tradition for years to come."

The Colonials' alumni placed fourth out of 12 teams in the tournament "with commitments to be in better shape for next year," said Dodge, adding that Zenk and Nossa were the weekend's leading scorers.

"This is the first time this group played together, but we are looking forward to connecting again at Alumni Weekend and building a bigger team for next year with even greater inclusion of younger and older alumni," Dodge said.

GW Alumni Weekend 2013 will take place Sept. 26-29, and men's water polo hosts CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

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Left to Right: Doug Maitz, Daniel Batten, Brad Oliver, Tony Paster, Patrick Dodge, Nick Koenemann, Josph Gimpelson, Carlos Nossa, Scott Reed

GW Baseball Pitchers Shining in Summer Leagues

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Nine George Washington baseball pitchers are currently competing in collegiate summer leagues around the country. After contributing to a memorable season for GW, each of these pitchers has carried the momentum to their respective summer teams.

Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Maggie Skjelbred #8

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The last days in Kazan were pretty hectic. Since we lost our pool matches, we were now playing for anywhere from ninth place to 12th. Our first match in the consolation was against Hong Kong, China. They play like a typical Asian team, with six defensive specialists on the court. It would be a tough game for us where we had to keep a cool head throughout the game. 

Keeping up With @GWWomensSoccer During Summer 2013

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Have you ever wondered what keeps GW student-athletes busy during the summer months, aside from preparing for the upcoming season?  Women's soccer's rising senior Claire Haft and rising juniors Taylor Katz and Sydney Morris tell us in their own words how they are keeping busy during their time away from the pitch.

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Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Kasey Colander #3

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Hello all,

Sorry for the delay in this latest update. The internet access has been spotty and I have not had much free time since arriving in Russia. We all made it to Kazan safely and have been having a great experience thus far! We landed in Moscow at around local time, which felt like DC time. We all ordered burgers and bottled water in the terminal as we waited out our seven-hour layover. During training in Boston we had become accustom to our bedtime so felt late, but our coaches were convinced that staying up the entire day was the best way to quickly adjust to the time difference. Staying awake for that long while just sitting in the Moscow terminal was almost as hard as some of our training. We finally arrived in Kazan at about local time. Although we were close to a zombie state by this time, we were all amazed once we reached the athlete village.


Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Maggie Skjelbred #7

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We played two matches this week with another scheduled for FridayOn Monday we played Canada. It was a tough game for us and Canada had some really good players. However, we were able to keep pressuring them throughout the whole match.

The first set was really close, but we lost 21-25. In the second set we started really bad off and lost 11-25. The third set was also very close, but the Canadians were too strong and we lost 19-25. I got to play the whole game as an outside. After the game we were really disappointed, because it is a game we could have won if our game was more stable. In the second set especially, we lost easy balls that should not be an issue at this level. Our passing was really good the first set, but not good the second and the third set. My strongest contribution to this game was definitely serving; I had the only ace on our team and two big runs.

The gym we played in against Canada

GW Baseball Summer League Update

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The George Washington baseball team is well represented around the country with 12 student-athletes competing in nine different summer leagues.

Among the highlights, rising senior Luke Staub currently has a 1.57 ERA through seven starts, including 38 strikeouts against six walks, for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League. Classmate Craig LeJeune has registered four saves and boasts a 2.31 ERA with 16 strikeouts against just one walk for the Danbury Westerners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

All statistics are as of July 9.

Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Maggie Skjelbred #6

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Traveling to Russia was more exhausting than I expected. It only took two hours to fly from Oslo to Moscow, but we had to spend the night at the airport. Even though I have slept at an airport before I didn't get any sleep this time. Probably because of the excitement for what was waiting for us in Kazan.


Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Kasey Colander #2

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I am writing you from 36,000 feet above Canada on our way to Moscow and then Kazan, Russia. It's a 10-hour flight, but we are all relieved to be on it after a lot of chaos in the airport the past 24 hours.

After racing at the Elite National Championships on Lake Mercer in Princeton, N.J., we spent two days training at the Olympic Training Center before taking a van up to JFK International Airport for our 
7:10 p.m. flight.