George Washington squash players Omar Sobhy, Anna Gabriela Porras and Jackie Shea each competed this weekend at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual National Championships at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Porras had the most successful weekend of the trio. She lost to eventual finalist Kanzy El DeFrawy, the No. 3 seed, in the opening round of the Ramsey Cup (A-Division) before winning twice in the consolation bracket to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals against Penn's Pia Trikha, Porras fell in five sets.
Sobhy, competing in the Pool Cup (A-Division) for the first time in his career, faced top-seeded Todd Herrity of Princeton, but fell in straight sets. In the consolation round, Sobhy fell in four sets to Yale's Richard Dodd, eliminating him from the tournament.
Shea defeated Alyssa Northrop of Williams in straight sets in the opening round of the Holleran Cup (B-Division) but lost to Chloe Blacker of Penn in the next round, eliminating her from the tournament.
NEW ORLEANS - The George Washington men's and women's cross
country teams were both honored as United States Track and Field & Cross
Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, the organization
announced earlier this week.
To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team,
teams must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at
least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
A total of 145 institutions representing 30 conferences compose the men's All-Academic teams while 200 teams from 30 conferences represent the women's teams.
The men's team finished with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.1 while the women's team posted a 3.46 GPA, which ranks fourth among Atlantic 10 programs honored.
George Washington women's rowing senior Lauren Byrne was
named the Community Service Athlete of the Month for February.
The Community Service Athlete of the Month distinction is awarded to a student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and
Lauren has served as a leader of the Grassroots Colonials Program, which teaches at risk middle school students about HIV and AIDS awareness. The
Lauren, in her leadership role, has seen Grassroots participation skyrocket," said Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "As her team's community service SAAC representative, her nearly 100 hours of community service have set the example for the women's rowing team this year."
- GW was in 15th place after five races on Saturday, but as windy conditions took over in three races on Sunday the Colonials improved to 12th place at the College of Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional in Charleston, S.C.
- Freshman skipper Maria Sinagra teamed with sophomore Matthew Ricci and senior Richard Sant to finish in 8th place in B Division with 69 points.
- Sinagra and Ricci piloted GW to a pair of top 10 finishes, peaking at seventh in Race 4, while Sant joined Sinagra for the final four races and the duo posted three top 10's, including a third-place showing in Race 6.
- Senior skipper Ian Conners and senior crews Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussmann amassed 112 points to place 16th in A Division. Conners and Kussman teamed for fourth place in Race 6.
- The Colonials will have two weeks to prepare for their next regatta - the Old Dominion Spring Open on March 2 and 3 in Norfolk, Va.
Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Preseason Poll | 2013 Schedule | @GWLacrosse
After reaching the conference championship in 2012 for the first time in three seasons, the George Washington lacrosse team was predicted to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's eight head coaches on Friday.
Four-time reigning conference champion No. 14 Massachusetts - which GW fell to in last year's semifinal round - was selected to repeat as champion in the annual poll. Richmond, the 2012 championship runner-up, was predicted to finish second, followed by Duquesne in third. Temple was chosen fourth, followed by the Colonials in fifth. Rounding out the poll were La Salle in sixth, Saint Joseph's in seventh and St. Bonaventure in eighth.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Tara Hannaford, GW returns 15 players from the 2012 squad that produced a 10-7 overall record - marking the most wins in a season since 2007 - and a 4-3 record in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials also welcome eight newcomers to the squad as they look to return to the A-10 Championship.
Entering its 11th year of competition, GW has made an appearance in the league championship in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012. The 15th annual Atlantic 10 Championship will be held from April 26-28 in Amherst, Mass., at the Minutewomen's Warren P. McGurik Alumni Stadium. The A-10 championship is a single-elimination, four-team event, with the first-round winners advancing to the championship game. The winner of the Championship will receive the league's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament.
The Buff and Blue open their 2013 campaign at cross-town foe Howard on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
2013 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Predicted Order of Finish
2. Richmond 10-8 (5-2)
3. Duquesne 12-6 (5-2)
4. Temple 9-8 (3-4)
5. George Washington 10-7 (4-3)
6. La Salle 10-6 (3-4)
7. Saint Joseph's 5-11 (1-6)
8. St. Bonaventure 3-9 (0-7)
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