George Washington softball infielders Victoria Valos and Megan Linn have been picked to earn a spot on the Atlantic 10 conference first-team in College Sports Madness' pre-season staff poll.
Valos enters her senior campaign with a career .345 batting average and a program-record 28 home runs and 128 RBIs. The psychology major also holds the program-record for career slugging percentage with a .622 mark. Valos earned A-10 all-conference second team honors as well as a spot on College Sports Madness' second-team all-conference list in 2014.
Linn comes off a stellar freshman season, earning A-10 second-team and all-rookie honors while setting the single-season record for stolen bases by a Colonial with 30. The Corona, California native's .370 average led GW and helped land her College Sports Madness' A-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors.
The Colonials open the 2015 season on Friday, as they take on Evansville and Chattanooga at the Plainsman Invite in Auburn, Ala.
For a full list of the College Sports Madness A-10 preseason all-conference selections, click here.
GW women's soccer senior Taylor Katz completed an internship this summer with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Katz, who is working toward obtaining a joint bachelor's and master's of public health with a concentration in environmental and occupational health, spent her summer at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Most notably, Katz was asked to contribute to the agency's Report on the Environment, a compilation of information on the best available indicators of national conditions and trends in air, water, land, human health, ecological systems and sustainability.
"Working here allowed me to better understand the ins and outs of what really goes on at the EPA," Katz wrote. "I was able to witness the real life applications of information that I study in text books and attend lectures on. This helped me realize that regardless of one's research or specialization, it takes the whole organization to produce a great product."
Katz wrote a blog chronicling her experience working on the report as she conducted usability tests with EPA employees. To read her blog in full, click here, and to read the 2014 Report on the Environment, click here.