Second Annual Georgey Awards Honor Best in GW Athletics
The Top Student-Athletes, Teams and Moments for 2012-13 Recognized at Annual Awards Show
May 2, 2013
For one night in GW Athletics, the Colonials' familiar Buff and Blue threads gave way to the glitz, glamour and Hollywood feel for the second annual Georgey Awards at Lisner Auditorium on Thursday evening. The awards show honored student-athletes, teams and moments from GW Athletics over the past academic year, and recognized the best of the best, with softball's Victoria Valos and men's swimming's Phillip Graeter tallying the Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards.
On a picture perfect evening in Foggy Bottom, student-athletes began arriving on the Buff Carpet an hour before show time, where they were greeted by senior softball player and RaiseHigh.tv correspondent Kristi Saporito, who shared the who's who and what's what of the ceremonies.
Gymnastics junior Betsy Zander and men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva co-hosted the event, while sailing senior Sloan Dickey and women's soccer senior Molly Bruh mixed and mingled with all of the winners in the backstage Green Room.
After Zander and Kopriva opened the show, GW Athletics' 2012-13 highlight reel delighted the attendees while women's soccer's Nicole Fasano accompanied the highlights with a piano solo.
Chakecia Miller (women's basketball) and Xavier Parkmond (baseball) were then awarded the Colonials Strong Athlete of the Year awards for excelling in the weight room and showing their commitment to being bigger, faster and stronger.
Next, in a nod to the incredibly bright future of GW Athletics, women's squash freshman Anna Gabriela Porras and men's tennis freshman Danil Zelenkov claimed Rookie of the Year awards. Porras became GW squash's first-ever All-American this season, while Zelenkov established a new Atlantic 10 record by being honored as the conference's Rookie Performer of the Week seven times. Porras was also recognized later in the show, along with men's water polo player Bogdan Petkovic for earning All-America status.
Participants in the George Washington Student-Athlete Leadership Academy were then asked to stand and were cheered for their commitment to becoming world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life.
Lacrosse's Mackenzie Jones and men's swimming's Stephan Franke took home the #RaiseHigh Our Community Award for their efforts in leading a GW Athletics contingent that completed 7,600 hours of voluntary community service on top of their academic and athletics commitments during the academic year. Women's cross country and men's swimming earned the #RaiseHigh Our Community Team service awards.
Jane Wallis of women's soccer and men's cross country's Alex Dadds were given the Red Auerbach Award for exemplifying the outstanding leadership skills exhibited by the late former GW student-athlete and NBA coaching legend Auerbach.
Men's cross country junior James Stern and lacrosse senior Caitlyn O'Brien presented the team MVP awards, which were given to Justin Albright (Baseball), Isaiah Armwood (Men's Basketball), Danni Jackson (Women's Basketball), Alex Dadds (Men's Cross Country), Heather Stevens (Women's Cross Country), Jack Persons (Golf), Stephanie Stoicovy (Gymnastics), Jess Hicks (Lacrosse), Anthony Paladino (Men's Rowing), Anna Kaminski (Women's Rowing), Ian Conners and Maria Sinagra (Sailing), Andri Alexandersson (Men's Soccer), Samie Cloutier (Women's Soccer), Victoria Valos (Softball), Omar Sobhy (Men's Squash), Anna Gabriela Porras (Women's Squash), Phillip Graeter (Men's Swimming), Caroline Myers (Women's Swimming), Nikita Fomin (Men's Tennis), Mimi Hamling (Women's Tennis), Candace Silva-Martin (Volleyball), Cameron Illes (Men's Water Polo) and Megan Brolley (Women's Water Polo).
After a special performance by student-favorite Capital Funk, Colonial Army president Trevor Rockhill was crowned as the Colonials Fan of Year.
Alum and GW philanthropist Michelle Rubin topped an impressive field of GW supporters (which included Tad and Mary Jean Linder and David Wilson) for the #RaiseHigh Award for going above and beyond in her support of GW Athletics.
Women's cross country and men's tennis earned team Academic Awards for their Department-best GPAs, and Kopriva, women's soccer's Kayley Sullivan, and men's tennis' Ulrik Thomsen were cited for having earned Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards from the university last week for being in the top 2 percent of their class in their respective schools based on GPA.
Bria Bourgeois of the women's basketball team and men's tennis' Alexander van Gils were bestowed the Georgeys for Best Student-Athlete in a Supporting Role before Stoicovy and Illes were crowned as Ms. and Mr. Colonial for exemplifying everything that a George Washington student-athlete strives to be.
While their quest for their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship is still on-going after already setting a program record for wins in a season, GW's softball team was presented with Team of the Year honors, while the men's basketball team achieved the Best Colonials Moment for the unforgettable drama of their Senior Day game. Needing a victory to reach the A-10 Championship in Brooklyn, the team had several key performances in the thrilling overtime win. Bryan Bynes and Dwayne Smith combined for 28 points on their Senior Day, Lasan Kromah reached the 1,000 career point plateau, and Joe McDonald scored a team-high 16 points, but it was Armwood's SportsCenter Top 10 dunk that won the game for the Colonials and won't soon be forgotten.