February 2014 Archives

@ColonialsStrong, @GWMensRowing Featured on BBC

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Trofym Anderson of GW Men's Rowing and Matthew Johnson, Director of Strength & Conditioning, were recently featured on BBC Radio in a story about how sleep deprivation effects 3.JPG
GW Softball freshman Mary Wiley was named to the Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team, host LSU announced on Monday evening.

Wiley led the Colonials with a .462 average (6-for-13) and walked five times for a team-high .611 on-base percentage. She also scored two runs and had a pair of RBIs.
In line with the mission of the George Washington Athletics Department to Raise High in the community, the GW lacrosse team hosted two free clinics for local youth from the Washington, D.C., area over the past week.

@GW_WomensRowing Varsity 8 Honored at Homecoming

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Members of the GW Women's Rowing Varsity 8,which brought home a gold medal at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship, were honored at the men's basketball homecoming game against Fordham on Saturday at half court of the Charles E. Smith Center.


During an action-packed weekend in Foggy Bottom as the George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated Homecoming and inducted seven members into the Athletic Hall of Fame, GW men's swimming sophomore Oliver Keegan and alum Phillip Graeter ('13) were presented with their Atlantic 10 Championship rings.

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The pair, which tallied gold medal performances at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, received commemorative rings for their accomplishments during the first half of the men's basketball game against Fordham on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd inside the Charles E. Smith Center. The duo helped GW finish fourth at last season's conference meet as Grater, then a senior, earned a first-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:52.72. As a rookie, Keegan came from behind to win the 200-yard butterfly and not only break the GW record but set a new all-time A-10 mark of 1:48.10.

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The Colonials' swimming program also saw two-time A-10 Most Outstanding Performer Tim Champney ('00) inducted in to the GW Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 during halftime of the game. Homecoming was truly a weekend for GW swimming to Raise High.

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Former @GW_Golf Standouts Continue to Shine Overseas

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photo by Daniel Wong

Former GW golfers Martin Liu ('12) and Javier Ballesteros both excelled on the course over the past week.

Liu won the Hong Kong Amateur on Sunday, Feb. 2 to qualify for his native nation's Hong Kong Open, an annual stop of the professional European Tour.

Liu, who helped GW capture its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship as a senior in 2012, won the event by three shots with a 1-over-par 281 total, carding a 1-over 71 in the final round and hoisting the hardware while proudly sporting a GW polo.

Via Hong Kong Golfer: "I really can't describe it," said Hong Kong Golf Club member Liu, a graduate of George Washington University. "I was just trying to focus on my own game and get myself in a position to win ... I had no idea I had done it until the final putt dropped."

Also last weekend, Ballesteros finished in a tie for 95th with a two-round, 1-over 145 (74-71) at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.  Ballesteros was amongst a 132-player field that also consisted of World No. 1 Tiger Woods, Europe's top-ranked golfer Henrik Stenson and European sensation Rory McIlroy.

Ballesteros was one of two amateurs competing, having received an invitation to the event in memory and honor of his late father Seve, the European golfing legend and five-time major champion who counted the 1992 Dubai Desert Classic among his 90 international tournament titles.  Javier played one season at GW in 2008-09 before returning to Spain to be with his ailing father.

From "I really appreciate their gesture and congratulate them on behalf of my family on the 25th anniversary of the event," said Javier, who won the amateur Madrid Open last year.

GW Squash senior Jackie Shea has been named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for January.

"Over winter break, Jackie spent four weeks in an orphanage in Tanzania working with a group of social workers in caring for over 120 children as part of the Rift Valley Children's Village," said GW LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "Her actions demonstrate the wide reach and impact of GW student-athletes and a devotion to service."