GW's Hannah, Leor Earn Top Senior Athlete Awards
24 Individual Most Valuable Players Recognized at Annual Honors Lunch
April 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington seniors Erik Hannah of the men's tennis team and Paola Leor of the women's swimming team were named the 2011 recipients of the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award and the Lynn George Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete Award, respectively, at GW's annual Senior Honors Luncheon Thursday on the GW campus. Outgoing Athletics Director, Jack Kvancz, also was given a special plaque commemorating his 17 years of service and men's tennis coach Greg Munoz was given the inaugural GW Coach of the Year award.
A native of Bradenton, FL, Hannah did not lose a single match to an Atlantic 10 Conference opponent during his four seasons at GW. He capped his perfect 30-0 mark against A-10 foes with a 6-0, 6-0 singles victory to help the Colonials capture the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship over rival Xavier earlier this month. Hannah captured points for GW with impressive singles victories over ranked programs Columbia and St. John's and also won both of his matches at the A-10 Championship to improve his team-leading singles record to 14-5 this season.
Leor re-wrote the GW Swimming record book in each of her four seasons in the Buff and Blue, highlighted by new program records in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley all four years at the Atlantic 10 Championships. At this year's A-10 Championships in February, Leor broke or tied program records in six different events, including the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 IM. She also teamed with three Colonials freshmen to post GW record-breaking relays in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle at the Championships. Earlier this season, Leor beat her own record in the 100 free giving her seven program records for her career, currently the most of any men's or women's swimmer in GW history.
Men's Tennis player Andy Erickson (Spring, TX) along with Volleyball player Hannah Stuart (Bainbridge Island, WA) won the Senior Male and Senior Female Athlete Academic Awards, respectively. For the second straight year, the top academic teams were Men's Tennis (3.336 team GPA) and Women's Soccer (3.447 team GPA).
Also honored were 24 Most Valuable Players, including two repeat winners, representing each varsity sport and the Spirit Program.
GW Athletics Most Valuable Players for 2010-11
* indicates number of repeat MVP selections
Baseball - Brendon Kelliher (Sandwich, MA)
Men's Basketball - Tony Taylor (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
Women's Basketball - Ivy Abiona (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Men's Cross Country - David McCutcheon (Murrieta, CA)
Women's Cross Country - Megan Hogan *** (Ballston Spa, NY)
Golf - Andres Pumariega (Miami, FL)
Gymnastics - Leslie Delima *** (Virginia Beach, VA)
Women's Lacrosse - Hilary Quinn (Manhasset, NY)
Men's Rowing - Craig Helmstetter (Bridgewater, NJ)
Women's Rowing - Anna Kaminski (Seattle, WA)
Men's Soccer - Seth Rudolph (Belleville, IL)
Women's Soccer - Jillian Morgan (Douglassville, PA)
Softball - Katie Terrazas (Murietta, CA)
Men's Squash - Omar Sobhy (Sea Cliff, NY)
Women's Squash - Jackie Shea (West Hartford, CT)
Men's Swimming - Phillip Graeter (Schwerin, Germany)
Women's Swimming - Caroline Myers (Oldsmar, FL)
Men's Tennis - Christopher Kushma (New York, NY)
Women's Tennis - Mimi Hamling (San Diego, CA)
Volleyball - Katie Zulandt (Chardon, OH)
Men's Water Polo - Cameron Illes (Pittsburgh, PA)
Women's Water Polo - Allison Peotter ** (Newport Beach, CA)
Spirit Program (Cheer) - Stephen Shapanka ** (Glenmore, PA)
Spirit Program (Dance) - Diana Siozios (Silver Spring, MD)