Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Nov. 2, 2012
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING - @GWSwimming
The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams welcome Drexel to the Smith Center Pool for their second straight home dual meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The women's team is coming off a 138-119 loss to UMBC in its home-opener last Saturday while the men's team fell to the visiting Retrievers, 148-99. Junior Caroline Myers paced the Colonials women with four first-place finishes against UMBC in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The men were led by freshman Oliver Keegan who won the 100-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay, while finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Drexel women's team enters Saturday's meet with a winless record of 0-4. The Dragons are coming off a quad-meet last weekend where they fell to Lafayette (163.5-131.5), Loyola (174-120) and Seton Hall (183-111). Drexel's men's program comes to GW with an overall record of 3-1, after going undefeated at a quad-meet last weekend against Lafayette (220-80), Loyola (170-118) and Seton Hall (165.5-132.5). The Dragons lost their season-opener on Oct. 20 by a 12-point deficit at La Salle (152-140).
In last year's meeting between the two schools, the GW women came away with a 164-98 victory while the men suffered a 170-110 setback on the road.
Action inside Smith Center Pool is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can follow @GWSwimming on Twitter for periodic updates throughout the meet.
SAILING - @GW_Sailing
After spending the previous two weekends north on Long Island, the George Washington sailing team will head south to Charleston, S.C., for the SAISA/MAISA Regatta.
The event features 16 teams from the two East Coast sailing conferences - Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA). Host and No. 2 nationally ranked College of Charleston will enter four boats into the event and join fellow SAISA members The Citadel, Clemson, Eckerd, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina State and No. 17 USF at the regatta. GW, American, Christopher Newport, Princeton and Washington College (Md.) will represent the MAISA.
First-year head coach John Pearce will send emerging leaders to the event, with junior Evan Boliakis at skipper and junior Sarah McCormack at crew in the A Division and sophomore Alex Hitchcock at skipper and junior Erin McCormack at crew in the B Division.
The SAISA/MAISA Regatta marks the Colonials' second-to-last sailing weekend of the fall, with only the Atlantic Coast Dinghy Tournament in St. Mary's City, Md., and recently added Brennan Russell Regatta in Newport News, Va., remaining this semester. GW accepted an invitation to the Atlantic Coast Tourney this week after narrowly missing qualifying at last weekend's War Memorial Regatta.
The George Washington men's soccer team concludes the 2012 season with a visit to No. 21 Charlotte - its second straight nationally ranked opponent - on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
GW (5-12-0, 2-6-0 A-10) is coming off a pair of Atlantic 10 losses in the Midwest last weekend against Butler and No. 20 Saint Louis. Senior Seth Rudolph leads the Colonials with six goals and 12 points this season, and he is tied for seventh all-time at GW with 28 career goals. In addition, three different goalkeepers - senior Alejandro Almodovar, sophomore Luke Farrell and redshirt freshman Jean-Pierre van der Merwe - have made at least four starts between the posts this year, and each has recorded a shutout.
Charlotte (12-2-3, 6-1-1 A-10) - the 2011 NCAA College Cup runner-up - is currently tied with VCU atop the Atlantic 10 standings and has won its last five matches, including back-to-back 1-0 victories over Saint Louis and Butler last weekend. Bolstered by goalkeeper Klay Davis, who leads the A-10 with eight shutouts and ranks second with a 0.67 goals-against average, the 49ers have allowed a league-low 13 goals in 17 games this season. Giuseppe Gentile leads Charlotte with 19 points on seven goals and five assists, while Jennings Rex has scored a team-best eight goals.
The Colonials are 1-4-0 all-time against the 49ers, but the teams have not squared off since 2010, a 2-0 victory for visiting Charlotte.