Student-Athletes Celebrated, Honored at Third Annual Georgeys
Awards Show Recognized the Best Student-Athletes, Teams and Moment from 2013-14
May 1, 2014
At the third annual Georgey Awards on Thursday night at Lisner Auditorium, GW student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered to celebrate a remarkable year in the proud history of GW Athletics. Hosted by water polo seniors Erin Dickson and Paul Deasey, the Georgeys honored the most accomplished GW student-athletes not only in athletics, but also in academics, community service, leadership and perseverance.
Armwood, a senior captain and Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, helped lead GW men's basketball to its second-most wins in program history and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Baltimore product faced strong competition for the award from A-10 Men's Tennis Most Outstanding Performer Francisco Dias, men's swimming's Goran Koprivnjak and men's water polo's Honorable Mention All-American Bogdan Petkovic.
Porras repeated as an All-American for the women's squash team, and is still the only squash player, male or female, in GW history to be named All-America. Women's squash finished the season ranked ninth nationally - the program's highest-ever ranking - and claimed the B-Division national crown. Porras played at the No. 1 spot on the Colonials' ladder and is the first winner of the outstanding female athlete award since it's been named in honor of Elana Meyers Taylor, the former GW softball standout who has won two Olympic medals in the sport of bobsled. Also nominated for the award were lacrosse's Jamie Bumgardner, women's basketball's Danni Jackson and women's swimming's Caroline Myers.
Gymnastics senior Betsy Zander and women's swimming senior Sydney Saunders served as Georgeys correspondents, interviewing guests on the preshow red carpet and the night's winners in the backstage green room.
Male and female Rookie of the Year honors went to men's soccer's Tobi Adewole, an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team member, and to both women's basketball's Caira Washington - the A-10 Rookie of the Year - and Chelsea Raineri, the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Rookie of the Year.
Male and Female Raise High Our Community Award winners were men's water polo's Adam Streeter and women's squash's Jackie Shea. Streeter worked with the DC Reads program to mentor 5th and 6th grade students in English and Mathematics on a weekly basis, while Shea spent the duration of her winter break in an orphanage in Tanzania working with a group of social workers in caring for over 80 children. Men's cross country and women's squash claimed the Raise High Our Community team awards.
In tribute to the courageous fight of Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant Dan Black, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Halloween, the Dan Black Award was instituted this year for the male and female athlete who best exemplify Dan Black's attributes. To claim the men's honor, Joe McDonald, a sophomore point guard on the men's basketball team, battled through a painful hip injury that would require offseason surgery to start 32-of-33 games and play the third-most minutes on the men's basketball team. His counterpart on the women's side, Megan Nipe, played on a completely torn ACL suffered in late December to rally her team to the third round of the WNIT.
Fittingly, the university's top newsmakers all year - the men's basketball team - was named Team of the Year after a season in which they garnered national recognition and invaluable publicity and support for GW. Picked to finish 10th in the conference in preseason polls, the team went on to enjoy the second-most wins in program history, a third-place finish in the conference and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
In honor of basketball icon, GW alum and late coaching legend Red Auerbach, a man whose leadership ability led him to the Basketball Hall of Fame, a male and female student-athlete who are well-rounded and excel in all facets of what it means to be a student-athlete at GW - academically, in competition, in the community and as a team leader - are honored annually at the Georgeys. This year, the Male Red Auerbach Award winner was men's soccer's Tyler Ranalli, while women's soccer's Jane Wallis, the outgoing SAAC President, took home female honors.
In a year full of memorable moments, five stood out. Volleyball downing VCU at home and the court storm that followed, women's basketball taking out nationally ranked #10 Cal, Maurice Creek sending the GW faithful into euphoria with a buzzer-beating game-winner against Maryland and men's tennis claiming its third A-10 Championship in four years were all remarkable and unforgettable moments, but women's squash's victory in the Kurtz Cup and all-time program-best #9 national ranking proved to be the top moment of 2013-14.
Other Georgeys awarded on Thursday night included:
Fan of the Year: former GW softball player Chelsea Lenhart
Men's and Women's Academic Teams of the Year: Men's and Women's Tennis, coached by A-10 Men's Tennis Coach of the Year Greg Munoz
Best Male Athlete in a Supporting Role: Baseball's Craig Lejeune
Best Female Athlete in a Supporting Role: Women's rowing's Madison Townley
Also at the Georgeys, men's cross country senior James Stern and women's basketball junior Bria Bourgeois presented team MVP awards to: Owen Beightol (baseball), Isaiah Armwood (men's basketball), Danni Jackson (women's basketball), Ryan Tucker (men's cross country), Macaulay Porter (women's cross country), Michael Heda (golf), Kayla Carto (gymnastics), Madison Pohle (lacrosse), James Stafford (men's rowing), Bethany Grim (women's rowing), Daniel DelBello and Kaitlin Denney (sailing), Tyler Ranalli (men's soccer), Alex Brothers (women's soccer), Megan Linn (softball), Andres de Frutos (men's squash), Jackie Shea (women's squash), Goran Koprivnjak (men's swimming), Caroline Myers (women's swimming), Danil Zelenkov (men's tennis), Leah Pascarella (women's tennis), Chidima Osuchukwu (volleyball), Bogdan Petkovic (men's water polo) and Rachael Bentley (women's water polo). The musical stylings of women's cross country's Angela Ryck, and men's soccer's Jopus Grevelink and Eddie Painter also delighted the crowd.
It was the kind of night when all in attendance Raised High the Buff and Blue and set a new standard of expectations to be raised even higher in 2014-15.