During an action-packed weekend in Foggy Bottom as the George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated Homecoming and inducted seven members into the Athletic Hall of Fame, GW men's swimming sophomore Oliver Keegan and alum Phillip Graeter ('13) were presented with their Atlantic 10 Championship rings.
The pair, which tallied gold medal performances at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, received commemorative rings for their accomplishments during the first half of the men's basketball game against Fordham on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd inside the Charles E. Smith Center. The duo helped GW finish fourth at last season's conference meet as Grater, then a senior, earned a first-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:52.72. As a rookie, Keegan came from behind to win the 200-yard butterfly and not only break the GW record but set a new all-time A-10 mark of 1:48.10.
The Colonials' swimming program also saw two-time A-10 Most Outstanding Performer Tim Champney ('00) inducted in to the GW Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 during halftime of the game. Homecoming was truly a weekend for GW swimming to Raise High.
Former GW golfers Martin Liu ('12) and Javier Ballesteros both excelled on the course over the past week.
Via Hong Kong Golfer: "I really can't describe it," said Hong Kong Golf Club member Liu, a graduate of George Washington University. "I was just trying to focus on my own game and get myself in a position to win ... I had no idea I had done it until the final putt dropped."
From EuropeanTour.com: "I really appreciate their gesture and congratulate them on behalf of my family on the 25th anniversary of the event," said Javier, who won the amateur Madrid Open last year.
GW Squash senior Jackie Shea has been named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for January.
"Over winter break, Jackie spent four weeks in an orphanage in Tanzania working with a group of social workers in caring for over 120 children as part of the Rift Valley Children's Village," said GW LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "Her actions demonstrate the wide reach and impact of GW student-athletes and a devotion to service."