GW sailing sophomore Gabriella Malek
has been named the first GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for 2014-15.
Gabriella, who lives by the motto "you're never too young to make a difference in someone else's life," has carried a spirit of global engagement and service instilled in her at a young age into her life as a student-athlete at GW.
She has been volunteering and fundraising with UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, since the age of 10 when the northern New Jersey native was first introduced to the organization through her involvement in New York City-based charity Broadway Kids Care.
Since then she has devoted numerous hours to UNICEF's mission to provide long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, including a bake sale for the Pampers/UNICEF one pack=one vaccine campaign through which she had the honor to present a check to UNICEF and President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.
She helped set up a UNICEF club at Howell High School and now, as an executive board member with the GW-UNICEF campus club, has spent the past two years regularly volunteering with the organization in the district and completed 50 hours of community service in the first month of the 2014-15 academic year alone. Her efforts have taken her to Capitol Hill to present at The Better World Campaign's Innovation at the United Nations event, and to the British Embassy for the Girl Summit, a campaign speaking out on the issues of female mutilation and child marriage.
"I'm thankful to all the people early in my life who helped instill an enthusiasm and compassion for helping others in need," said Malek.
Freshmen Kia Olsson and Miranda Bakos provide this week's regatta reports.
"This past weekend, the Naval Academy hosted the MAISA Radial
Championships for women in which freshmen Kia Olsson and Taylor Brimberg
participated. Sophomore Daniel DelBello raced in the men's Laser Second
Chance Regatta in hopes of qualifying for the MAISA Laser Championships the
weekend of October 11-12
. Conditions proved challenging both days with light, variable winds and high boat-traffic that caused chop. Saturday
ended with an on-shore postponement in hopes of wind that never arrived, and Sunday
didn't begin until 11:45 a.m.
when the breeze began to fill in. The women sailed nine races in total
while the men accomplished eight over the course of the weekend." -Kia
"The GW sailing team traveled to St. Mary's
College of Maryland to compete at its annual intersectional. Saturday
brought the triple threat of unpredictable, light and shifty
conditions, but the team handled them well against the tough competition
from nearly every region. In A Division, sophomore Brendan Shanahan and
freshman Miranda Bakos finished off the day in second place, and rookies Roger Dorr and
Belle Strachan and senior Megan Murphy were in 14th in B
Division, landing the team in 12th overall. Sunday
after a wind delay, a southerly filled in to about five knots, and
after a couple of sets, the GW team proudly placed 12th overall in its second interconference of the season. Next weekend, the team will
again travel to St. Mary's where MAISA is holding its Dinghy South
Qualifier for the War Memorial later in the season." -Miranda Bakos
Keep reading for a recap of next weekend!
From our Instagram - a snapshot of what conditions were like most of the weekend: "Glassy conditions settling in at St. Mary's. Need a little wind here!"
Sophomore Gabriella Malek reflects on the team's season goals and current success:
a productive and challenging season ahead of us, our team has been
tirelessly working on and off the water to make this one of our best
With our season only a few weeks
underway, we've already seen how our hard work can pay off not only in
results, but also in rankings as well. For the first time in our varsity
history, GW sailing has earned a national ranking!
is an honor, but we've only just begun! We are looking forward to our
next five weeks which are filled with 16 challenging regattas and the
delivery of our new fleet of boats!! GW sailing will be competing in
three regattas this weekend
. Stay tuned for our regatta update next
Senior Meagan Murphy and sophomore Gabriella Malek recap this past weekend's GW sailing regatta and alumni activities.
"The 2014 Alumni Regatta was a mix of sun, fun, food and competitive races between GW sailing alumni and current GW sailors. The Race Committee, led by Daniel DelBello, ran races out of the basin at Washington Marina. It was a typical shifty, puffy day on the Potomac, surely bringing back lots of fond memories for the alumni. The hot dogs and hamburgers at the cookout were well-deserved after a morning of close and skillful racing. The current GW team has these alumni to thank for the team today and this regatta was a fun way to show our appreciation. Thanks to all who made the time to come out and sail. Once a GW sailor, always a GW sailor!" -Meagan Murphy
"This past weekend, the Women's Team competed in its season opener at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth. We competed against the top nationally ranked NEISA teams to prepare for our upcoming season and to increase our level of competition. The conditions were shifty and took a lot of communication between skipper and crew to succeed. I think this regatta taught us a lot and laid the foundation for what we need to focus on this upcoming season." -Gabriella Malek
Maria Sinagra (Jr.), India Johnstone (Fr.), Belle Strachan (Fr.) and Gabriella Malek (So.) with their game faces before heading out to race
Skipper Maria Sinagra (Jr.) and crew Gabriella Malek (So.)
Past and current GW sailors enjoying a day full of racing, fun and BBQ at our second annual Alumni Regatta
As the official start of college basketball practices approaches (Oct. 3), it's the time of year for College Basketball Season Preview publications from a variety of national sports magazines.
Last week, USA Today picked the GW men's basketball team at No. 35 in its preseason college hoops countdown, and the Colonials are receiving additional praise from publications like The Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon.
Head after the jump for full-page views of these previews, or go straight to GWsports.com/tickets to #RaiseHigh with the Colonials in 2014-15!
While most teams on the East Coast were still sleeping, the GW women's basketball team was having another #OnlyatGW moment - early morning training with U.S. Marines on the National Mall.
Sophomore Gabriella Malek, with the help of teammates, recaps GW sailing's four opening weekend regattas.
After a team meeting to recap a successful weekend, hear what our GW sailors had to say about our first couple of regattas!
Harry Anderson Jr. Trophy (Yale): "Last weekend at Yale gave us a good idea where the team stands on the East Coast. Being one of the only freshman skippers was intimidating, however we performed well. I believe the team shows a lot of promise for the upcoming season after seeing how we compared to our competition" - Freshman Kai Friesecke
Freshman Kai Friesecke and junior Henry Young received the honor of Colonials of the Week for their performance at Yale this past weekend.
Miranda Bakos (Fr.), Roger Dorr (Fr.), Henry Young (Jr.), Kai Friesecke (Fr.)
Riley Cup (ODU): "This past weekend, two GW teams competed. Saturday was full of false starts with winds staying light and variable all morning. Luckily, the breeze picked up just enough out of the north to get two races off in A Division and one rainy race in B Division. Unluckily, lightning warnings cancelled races after this point for the rest of the day. It was a different story Sunday, with gusty 10-18 knot winds calling for a Gold Cup course. The GW teams met with puffy and shifty winds out of the Northeast. Eventually, the course was switched to a W-4 to accommodate for lighter wind conditions. Thanks to alumni Richard 'Dickie' Sant for coaching this weekend and alumni Jack Bell for coming to show his support!" - Senior Meagan Murphy
Sam White (Fr.), Michael Ince (Jr.), Gabriella Marki (So.), Kelly Dong (So.), Madeline Taggart (Sr.), Hannah McNomee (Jr.), Meagan Murphy (Sr.), Jay Spector (Jr.), Madison Oleson (So.), Richard "Dickie" Sant (coach)
Laser South Qualifier (Navy) and Radial Open (Navy): "All weekend the wind and current made sailing this regatta a challenge. Saturday saw only one race accomplished in the morning for both fleets before they were sent in for an extended lunch break due to rain and light wind. Sunday began on a better note, with both the Lasers and Radials finishing four races in very shifty winds and very strong current. While the conditions were tricky, our sailors performed well and are pumped for the next couple of Laser regattas coming our way." - Freshman Kia Olsson
Brendan Shanahan (So.), Kia Olsson (Fr.), Colin Kennedy (So.), Daniel DelBello (So.), Taylor Brimberg (Fr.)
While our regattas were full of success and fun, we have been back in the Champions Club studying tactics and mapping our plan of attack for the rest of the season and, of course, Raising High on the Potomac! The Colonials will be competing in a women's regatta this weekend up at Dartmouth as well as hosting our alumni for our annual Alumni Regatta right here on the Potomac.
The George Washington Athletics Department mourns the passing of 1976 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee
and district coaching legend Joe Gallagher
, who died on Monday at the age of 93.
A lifelong resident of D.C., Gallagher was raised on 24th and K Streets in Foggy Bottom and was a two-sport student-athlete in basketball and baseball at GW before earning his degree in 1943.
He was a three-year starter on the hardwood for Head Coach Bill Reinhart and as a senior captained GW past Duke for the 1943 Southern Conference Championship, earning Second Team All-Tournament honors.
Gallagher spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was a captain in World War II. He eventually became a history teacher, athletic director and basketball coach at St. John's College High School, his prep alma mater. He retired after 44 years of coaching basketball (1947-91) with 870 victories and was counted among the 10 winningest high school coaches of all time.
Also head football coach at St. John's for 21 years, Gallagher was inducted into the St. John's College High School Hall of Fame in 1973, the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2012
, and was a member of GW Basketball's All-Century Team in 2001. He also received the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award
"I worked the Metropolitan Area Basketball School, the camp he ran with Morgan Wootten, for years," said GW Head Coach Mike Lonergan
. "Coach Gallagher was one of my mentors, a great guy and legend in the area. He'll be missed, not just by myself, but by the entire D.C. and GW communities."
Sophomore Gabriella Malek recaps the first couple weeks of practice and shares some of the team highlights thus far.
With a challenging and packed schedule this season, the entire sailing team couldn't wait to get on the water and start to #RaiseHigh! We jumped right into the swing of things with an intense weekend clinic to work out our kinks and to familiarize ourselves with our new teammates! Each week, we create goals for ourselves as well as a team focus. Last week, we fine-tuned our boat-handling skills as well as practiced our starts (one of the most important parts of a race!). This week, our focus will be on tactics and racing. Below are some pictures from practice, and head after the jump for more about our first week on the water and how we're preparing for the 2014-15 season #RaiseHigh-style!
Practicing our boat handling skills
Sophomore Colin Kennedy shares what he learned this summer sailing at the prestigious Oakcliff Sailing Center and how he is bringing the knowledge he learned on and off the water this summer back to GW Sailing.
Too Good To Be True! While this is a phrase many people use as hyperbole, Oakcliff Sailing Center truly models these words. This past summer I was able to participate as one of nine Saplings at Oakcliff for the second year in a row. After packing up all of my belongings from Lafayette Hall, I went to Oyster Bay, New York to start my summer at Oakcliff. It all began with a Grade 3 match-racing regatta on our Swedish Match 40s and then to racing the Around Block Island Race, with boat work sprinkled in between.
Colin trimming the jib for Charlie Lalumiere on the winning boat!Read more about Colin's exciting summer of sailing after the jump.