GW Athletics Graduates Honored at 2013 Senior Honors Lunch
Graeter, Kaminski, Purkovic and Sullivan Receive Top Awards at Annual Senior Showcase
May 13, 2013
George Washington Athletics recognized and honored 84 graduating student-athletes at the 2013 Senior Honors Luncheon at the Charles E. Smith Center on Monday afternoon.
Following lunch and inspiring remarks from GW President Dr. Steven Knapp and Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero, all graduating student-athletes in attendance received a framed Varsity Letter plaque and their Student-Athlete sash to be proudly worn at upcoming Commencement ceremonies.
GW baseball senior Kenny O'Brien closed the event by tasking the Class of 2013 to stay connected and contribute to GW Athletics as alumni, citing the fact that many former student-athletes have become more engaged in recent years under the direction of Nero and creation of the GW Athletics National Advisory Council.
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Women's rowing senior Anna Kaminski and men's swimming senior Phillip Graeter took home the top senior athletics awards as recipients of the Lynn George Outstanding Female and J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Male Student-Athlete, respectively.
A four-year holder of the No. 4 seat in GW women's rowing's Varsity 8 boat, Kaminski is an extremely gifted rower who has helped raise the profile of the program during her career. She has been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team each of the last three seasons, and two weeks ago helped the Colonials' Varsity 8 to its first gold medal at the Atlantic 10 Championship since 2006. She also represented GW and the United States at the Under-23 World Championships in Lithuania last summer.
Kaminski also excels academically at GW with six semesters on the Athletics Academic Dean's List as an international affairs major with a minor in biology.
A three-time team MVP with 11 career Atlantic 10 Conference medals, Graeter will go down as one of the most decorated swimmers in GW program history. He went to the podium three times in his final trip to the A-10 Championships this past February, highlighted by his first-ever individual gold medal with a victory in the 400-yard IM, and a new school-record time and third-place finish on the 800-freestyle relay team.
Graeter, a systems engineering major from Schwerin, Germany is just as decorated out of the pool. He has been named to the A-10 All-Academic Team for men's swimming in each of the past two years, and has earned GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition all five semesters. He was also voted to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team in May 2012 and is nominated for the same award this year.
Not only one of the Colonials' top student-athletes, Sullivan is among the best students at George Washington University. She boasts a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as a psychology major and for the past three years has been named an Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardee by the university - an honor given only to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are in the top two percent of their respective college or school based on GPA. As a four-year letterwinner for the women's soccer team, Sullivan has been named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her seven semesters, including five semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
A graduate student pursuing his master's degree in public policy and international development, Purkovic maintains a 3.9 grade-point average. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, he transferred to play water polo at GW this year after earning his bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Pepperdine in 2012. While with the Waves, he was named to the MPSF All-Academic Team and was a two-time Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete. He excelled in and out of the pool in his lone season at GW, tallying 20 steals, 23 ejections drawn, 35 goals and 46 points while being named to the ACWPC and CWPA All-Academic teams with outstanding status, as well as to the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List for the Fall 2012 semester.
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year