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@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 Troester.com, 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. 

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#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.


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#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.

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