College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Teams
Senior pitcher Kenny O'Brien and junior utility player Owen Beightol have each been named to the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
O'Brien, an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selection last season, led the Colonials and ranked fourth in the A-10 with a 2.76 earned run average. He also led the team with five wins, 52 strikeouts and six saves in 58.2 innings of relief work. A southpaw from
Beightol led the Colonials in batting average (.309), slugging percentage (.459), runs (30), home runs (5) and multiple-hit games (16) while finishing second in total bases during a strong sophomore campaign. The
The George Washington baseball team will begin outdoor practice at the full-renovated
The George Washington women's rowing team returned to campus this week following a nine-day winter training trip to Tampa, Florida.
The Colonials spent the trip working out on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and enjoying team bonding activities around the area.
"It was really nice to get down to Tampa where the girls could focus on rowing and preparing for the spring," said head coach Eric Carcich. "We were able to get about 15 on-the-water sessions on the Hillsborough River, which is a great river that meanders its way through downtown Tampa. The first five days the clouds were out and it was overcast so the motor boats didn't really bug us and we were able to really take our time and break down our stroke on the technical side, something we can't do up north in the early spring."
However, the Colonials were not the only ones on the water in Tampa. They encountered a number of wildlife that make the Tampa Bay area home. "We got a lot of miles in," said Coach Carcich. "We were able to go straight out into the bay where we saw tons of wildlife like dolphins, manatees and pelicans."
The Colonials put in a lot of hard work on the water, but were also able to enjoy the break from classes by exploring the area and bonding. "What is nice about Tampa is we have a lot of down time," said Coach Carcich. "I truly believe it is a big growth stage for the team as far as coming together. They don't have the academic stress so they do a lot of activities off the water. Some girls went to the Tampa Bay Aquarium, others went to Clearwater Beach, one of the nicest beaches in the area. They got to spend some time in the Gulf (of Mexico). Just enjoy a little bit of time away from classes, but spending great time with their teammates."
So what lies ahead in the coming weeks as the Colonials prepare for their season opener on March 30?
"We now go into a five-week indoor training phase," explained Coach Carcich. "Ideally, we get back on the water in mid-February, so we will be pretty intensive these next five weeks. We want to build on the fitness we gained down in Florida and truly try to improve our overall physiology so we can be ready to go when we open the season on March 30 in the Yankee Cup versus Rhode Island up in Kingston."
While the majority of George Washington students were ringing in the New Year and enjoying the final weeks of winter break, the Colonials' men's and women's swimming teams traveled to Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, for their annual January training trip.
Though one might think Puerto Rico means a week of fun in the sun, the Colonials used the seven days to focus on intensive training both in and out of the water. The GW swimming teams met at an off-site pool every morning from Jan. 1-8 for their in-water workouts, then met back up later in the afternoon for their dry-land sessions.
"This is our fifth year in Puerto Rico because
warm weather is most consistent for training," said 15th-year head
coach Dan Rhinehart. "This is a week of very intensive training and our
workouts are a lot more difficult than what they are used to. We are in the
water every morning and either running, lifting weights or doing ab work every
With the Colonials' last competition taking place exactly one month before the trip, they look at the week as a chance to regroup and refocus heading into 2013.
"Our winter training trip is crucial to our season because we are able to focus solely on swimming without outside distractions," said junior Jake Mortensen. "It is important that we don't relax too much over winter break because we don't want to lose all of the hard work we put in during the fall."
"The trip is a nice break up from the one-month lull between meets," said Coach Rhinehart. "This is the time where we go to work and make our big push to get ready for the Atlantic 10 Championships in February."
Following the Rhode Island Invitational last weekend, GW will compete in two more dual meets before heading to the A-10 Championships from Feb. 19-23 in Geneva, OH.
The Colonials won eight of nine matches in straight sets, including a dominant 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 win by Anna Gabriela Porras at No. 1 and an 11-0, 11-1, 11-3 triumph by Elizabeth Tapley at No. 6.
The men's and women's squash teams both spent a week on Grand Cayman. The Colonials spent a week training and also took time to coach and play with local youths while preparing to resume their 2012-13 schedules.
The No. 15 GW men's squash team is back in action with a match against No. 16 Navy on Wednesday evening at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
Both the men's and women's team will travel north to New Haven, Conn., for a weekend of matches. The full weekend schedule is below.
The GW women's squash team poses Wellesley College after the Colonials 9-0 victory.
Members of the GW men's squash team pictured with members of the University of Grand Cayman College team following the Colonials 5-3 exhibition victory.
The George Washington men's and women's squash teams coached and played with local youth on Grand Cayman during their Winter Training trip.
Members of the men's and women's squash teams enjoy the beautiful beaches on Grand Cayman following a morning training session.
The Colonials interact with wild sting ray while snorkeling the coral reefs off of Grand Cayman Island.
The George Washington men's squash team, currently in the Grand Cayman Islands as part of its winter training trip, defeated the University of Grand Cayman College in an exhibition on Tuesday night at the South Sound Squash Club.
The Colonials prevailed, 5-3, with victories from James Reiss, Reid Breck, Sam Ehrlich, Browning Platt and David Moxley.
Cameron Stafford def. Omar Sobhy 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 (Grand Cayman)
James Reiss def. Dean Watson 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (GW)
Gabe Rabess def. Larkin Brinkworth 2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (Grand Cayman)
Reid Breck def. David Finch 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (GW)
Neil Stonewig def. Player Haynes - Default (Grand Cayman)
Sam Ehrlich def. Stephen Gilbert 12-10, 11-13, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 (GW)
Browning Platt def. Jorge Vera 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (GW)
David Moxley def. Paul Johnson 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 (GW)
No. 15 GW resumes its regular season on Jan. 16, when the Colonials welcome No. 16 Navy to the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
Members of the GW men's squash team pictured with members of the University of Grand Cayman College team following the Colonials 5-3 exhibition victory on Tuesday evening.
George Washington volleyball head coach Amanda Ault has announced that transfer Jordan Timmer, a setter from Central Michigan, will be joining the Colonials in time for the 2013 spring semester.
Timmer appeared in 16 matches for the Chippewas as a freshman this past season, averaging 4.45 assists per set in addition to a .269 hitting percentage and 28 digs.
"We are extremely excited to have Jordan join us for the spring semester," said head coach Amanda Ault. "I was fortunate enough to watch Jordan develop as a player throughout her club seasons. She understands the commitment that is needed from the setting position and has great court awareness. She is a fiery player and her athleticism helps her control the game."
A 2011 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace (Top 250 recruit) and an Andi Collins Award Finalist, awarded to the nation's top prep-setter, Timmer finished her scholastic career at Lowell High School with 4,385 assists, 416 aces and 1,016 kills. She was a three-time Most Valuable Player selection, three-time team captain and three-time selection to the First Team All-Conference, All-Region and All-State teams.
"It will be great to have her here this spring so she can begin bonding with our hitters and learning the system," said Coach Ault.
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