January 2014 Archives

#RaiseHigh Recap for Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

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Softball Quartet Earns Preseason Honors

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Temperatures are slowly on the rise outside, and softball season is just a week away. Colonials fans have much to look forward to on the diamond as GW is poised for another exciting campaign after making its second straight trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship a year ago.

In preparation for the new season, College Sports Madness released its preseason A-10 all-conference squads and honored a quartet of Colonials. Senior Courtney Martin was named the league's preseason Pitcher of the Year and rookie Jillian Galich was tabbed Freshman of the Year. In addition, Martin was joined on the preseason first team by sophomore pitcher Meghan Rico and junior shortstop Victoria Valos.

George Washington men's rowing senior Trofym Anderson was recently honored at the Rowing Canada Awards Gala for his success at the Canadian Rowing National Championships.


Trofym Anderson with John Ruscitti (L), his Junior National World Championships coach and Terry Paul, current coach of the Under-23 Men's Program in Canada. 
Immediately after returning from winter break, the George Washington men's and women's tennis teams got together to volunteer their time at the two-day NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 

The George Washington baseball team braved frigid temperatures and a hefty amount of snow to participate in its first full-squad practice of the 2014 season on Saturday morning at Barcroft Park.


@GW_MBB Mourns Passing of Former Colonial Clint Holtz

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The GW men's basketball program and Department of Athletics and Recreation mourns the passing of Clint Holtz, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 17 at the age of 44.

Holtz, a lifelong native of Severna Park, Md., averaged 8.6 points on 51 percent shooting and 5.2 rebounds in 48 games at GW from 1988-90 before completing his collegiate career at Niagara University.  He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Freshman Team in 1989 after averaging 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, including a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double in a victory over Massachusetts, the Colonials' lone victory that season.

After his collegiate career, Holtz spent a decade traversing the globe as a pro in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Israel, Brazil and Puerto Rico.  Following his playing career, Holtz followed his father's footsteps in law enforcement as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.

Read more about the life of Sergeant Clint Holtz in the Washington Post here, and leave a message of sympathy or memory of Clint for his Mom, family and friends here.


@GWSquash | Dunlop CSA National Rankings

The George Washington women's squash team has reached new heights, earning its highest national ranking in program history on Thursday. The Colonials are now ranked No. 11 in the latest 

College Squash Association (CSA) National Rankings.


@GWGymnastics Continues to Hold National Rankings

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After its second week of competition, the George Washington gymnastics team remains nationally ranked on both vault and floor exercise. 

@GW_MensRowing & @ColonialsStrong Featured on BBC Radio

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Last semester, Trofym Anderson of GW Men's Rowing, along with GW Athletics Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Johnson, were interviewed by BBC Radio for a story about sleep deprivation in athletes.


@GW_MBB Joins George Mason for Coats for Kids

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On Monday, Jan. 20, GW men's basketball players, coaches and staff joined their Revolutionary Rivalry counterparts at George Mason to distribute winter coats to children and families at Southeast's D.C Homeless Shelter.

On a day many George Washington students were around the district for Martin Luther King Day and MLK Day of Service, the Colonials and Patriots helped hand out hundreds of Coats for Kids, the Children's Charities Foundation's charitable drive aided by funds raised at the annual BB&T Classic.

Check out some photos of the afternoon here.

#RaiseHigh Recap for Jan. 11 - Jan. 17

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Tuesday, Jan. 14 was a special evening for GW Athletics and its men's basketball program. Not only did the Colonials defeat preseason A-10 favorite VCU, 76-66, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,874, but they welcomed back and embraced one of their own in GW alumnus and former men's basketball standout Mike Brey ('82) for his induction as part of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Brey, whose Notre Dame Fighting Irish team was in town to play Maryland on Wednesday, motivated the Colonials with a pre-game locker room speech, then was honored in a special halftime ceremony with mother Betty, former GW swimming coach, and wife Tish, a GW volleyball alumna, by his side.

Watch videos below of his induction tribute featuring current GW basketball coaches Mike Lonergan and Jonathan Tsipis, local coaching legend Morgan Wootten, ESPN analysts Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas, and Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, as well as Fighting Irish Digital Media's recount of the special night.

@GWGymnastics Earns National Rankings after First Week

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The George Washington gymnastics team, fresh off its season-opening victory at the Lindsey Ferris Invitational, has garnered national rankings on two events according to, the official NCAA National Ranking body for collegiate gymnastics.

For the sixth consecutive year the George Washington men's and women's swimming programs opened the New Year in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, for their annual winter training trip.

While most GW students were enjoying time at home or on vacation before returning to the District for the 2014 spring semester, the Colonials' swimming teams spent six days focusing on intensive training both in and out of the water. GW trained three times a day from Jan. 1-7, meeting at an off-site pool for two in-water workouts and gathering on or near the beach for dry-land sessions.

"This was a good training trip with lots of hard work put in. It is a good time in the year when the swimmers can get away and focus strictly on training without outside distractions," Head Coach Dan Rhinehart said. "This is when we make our big push to put ourselves in a good position as we move forward to the last few weeks of our season and prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championships."

With GW's last competition of 2013 taking place over a month before the training trip, the Colonials looked at the week as a chance to regroup and refocus as they head into the latter part of the season.

"Being in Puerto Rico helped immensely by keeping the team focused on swimming," said freshman Lauren Law. "It was a nice change to be in a different setting and training in a different pool. This trip has definitely helped our overall goal of being successful at A-10s because, with more difficult practices, the team was able to step up to the challenge."

Following last weekend's Rhode Island Invitational in which the women's team won and the men's side placed second, GW welcomes Georgetown for its Senior Day meet on Saturday, Jan. 18, before visiting A-10 newcomer George Mason for its regular-season finale on Feb. 1. The Colonials return to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for the second year in a row for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships from Feb. 19-22.

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#RaiseHigh Recap for Jan. 4 - Jan. 10

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GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #7

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These past few days have been rather interesting between the thick fog and extremely cold temperatures. 


#GWDownUnder Day 12: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: Photo Gallery

G'day, mates!

Sadly today was the final full day of our Australian tour, but we definitely went out on top, literally and figuratively!

GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #6

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Despite frigid temperatures and high winds, our crew managed to have two very productive practices today. We started our morning with four eights across and did some hard work up and down the channel.


#GWDownUnder Day 11: Manly Beach Surf Lessons

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Manly Beach Surf Lessons: Video

G'day, mates!

Today was a perfect day for catching some waves in Sydney as we're close to wrapping our Australian tour. In the morning we rode from Sydney's main ferry terminal
Circular Quay, in Darling Harbor and rode for about half an hour to Manly Beach. Following roughly an hour of free time and lunch in the hip beach town, the team met up at Manly Surf School for a lesson.

#GWDownUnder Day 10: Arrival in Sydney

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Sydney: Photo Gallery

G'day, mates!

This morning we said farewell to Adelaide and boarded a plane to Sydney for the final leg of our Australian tour.

GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #5

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The last few days in Tampa have proved to be quite busy and productive.  The team has now completed two rounds of time trials, the first being the freshman and the second being the varsity squad.  

GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #4

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The round trip row from the Stewards Foundation Boathouse to the Sulpher Springs Water Tower has been an annual tradition for the GW Women's Rowing team for the past four years. 


Game vs. Wilderness: Highlights

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On the ninth day of our Australian tour we spent the early part of the day in Glenelg before competing in our final game against Wilderness Lacrosse Club.

GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #3

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Saturday was another long, yet productive day of training down here in the Tampa Bay! We started the day off with a 50 minute jog down the channel and then afterwards hit the water in fours for some competitive AT work.

Kangaroo Island: Video | Photo Gallery

G'day, mates!

Today we spent the entire day at Kangaroo Island, the third largest island off the Australian mainland, visiting Seal Bay and sandboarding at Little Sahara.

Adelaide Youth Clinic: Photo Gallery

Game vs. SA All Stars: Highlights

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On our seventh day in Australia we held a youth clinic for local girls in Adelaide then competed in our third game of our tour against the South Australian All Stars.

GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #2

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Despite the chilly weather, spirits are up and we were able to get in two very productive water sessions today. 

#RaiseHigh Recap for Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

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GW Rowing Winter Training Blog Day #1

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The George Washington men's and women's rowing teams are both down in Tampa, Fla., for this first week of 2014 to participate in the program's annual winter training trip. The annual trip south allows the Colonials to get a week of practices in on the various waterways, channels and bays in the surrounding areas of Tampa. 


Gillespie Sports Cricket Nets & Pitch: Video | Photo Gallery

Game vs. GLC: Highlights

Aboriginal Cultural Experience: Video

G'day, mates!

Today was chock-full of activities as we opened the morning with a cricket lesson, competed in our second game of our Australian tour and wrapped the evening with an Aboriginal cultural experience.

Cleland Wildlife Park: Video | Photo Gallery

Game vs. BLC: Highlights | Photo Gallery

G'day, mates!

On our fifth day in Australia the team got the opportunity to spend a few hours at the iconic Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. After the park excursion the squad played its first of four games while on its Australian tour against the Brighton Lacrosse Club and enjoyed a post-game barbecue with the team.


G'day, mates and Happy New Year!

We opened 2014 with an early three-hour flight from Cairns to Adelaide as we began the second leg of our Australian tour. After arriving the team had lunch and got the chance to walk around and explore the city in which it will remain for the next five days.