Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

Senior Duncan Galler

Jan. 24, 2013

The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams welcome local foe George Mason to the Charles E. Smith Center Pool for their season finale and Senior Day meet on Saturday, Jan. 26. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Prior to Saturday's meet, the Colonials will honor their eight male seniors - Alex Etz, Stephan Franke, Duncan Galler, Niklas Glenesk, Phillip Graeter, Stephen Nelson, Zach Peart and Luke Quimby. GW will also collect canned food donations prior to and during Saturday's meet and all contributions will go to the Foggy Bottom Food Pantry.

The Colonials will face the Patriots in their final meet of the regular season for the sixth straight year before heading to the Atlantic 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio, from Feb. 19-23. Last year, the GW men's team dropped a 162-127 decision to Mason, while the Colonials' women fell 179-108.

The Buff and Blue enter Saturday's meet coming off a sweep at local rival Georgetown where the men's team earned a 145-135 win and the women's team rallied to post a 147-146 victory. Junior Jake Mortensen, sophomore Garrett Cottingham and freshman Oliver Keegan won three events apiece to pace the men. On the women's side, GW entered the final event of the meet - the 200-yard freestyle relay - trailing by eight points but finished first and third in the event for the comeback victory. Junior Caroline Myers led the squad with three individual victories.

The George Mason men's team is coming off a 1-1 weekend in which the Patriots defeated American, 230-70, and fell to Army, 183-117. The GMU women posted a 2-0 weekend with a 235-47 victory over American and a 165-135 win over Army. The Patriots' men were led by Matt Tynan, who tallied two first-place finishes, while the women were paced by Melissa Davis and her three victories.


The No. 16 George Washington men's squash team returns to the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts on Friday to host a trio of local rivals.

GW (7-7), which is looking to snap a five-match slide, will host Johns Hopkins (4 p.m.) and Virginia (6 p.m.) on Friday evening before playing Maryland on Saturday (12 p.m.).

The Colonials return home following a tough weekend in New Haven, Conn., where they suffered losses against No. 4 Cornell, No. 9 Columbia, No. 12 Williams and No. 17 Middlebury.

Freshman Reid Breck and senior Omar Sobhy lead the Colonials into the weekend with identical 12-2 individual records. Sobhy was victorious in 3-of-4 matches last weekend while Breck split his four matches.


The No. 13 George Washington women's squash team returns to action this weekend by hosting Johns Hopkins (Fri., 6 p.m.) and Bucknell (Sat., 12 p.m.) at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.

GW (6-6) has been led this season by freshman Anna Gabriela Porras, who boasts an 8-4 individual record and was the only Colonials' player to pick up victories during the Colonials' current four-match skid.

The Colonials were defeated by No. 2 Yale, No. 6 Cornell, No. 10 Williams and No. 13 Columbia this past weekend in New Haven, Conn.

Senior Maya Nair and freshman Alexa Tzarnas rank second on the team with six individual victories while five different players follow with five wins apiece.

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The George Washington gymnastics team will participate in its second of three straight road trips on Friday evening as the Colonials visit No. 23 Kent State for a tri-meet with the Flashes and Western Michigan at the M.A.C. Center at 7:00 p.m.

The Colonials look to bounce back from a third-place finish at last weekend's North Carolina tri-meet in Chapel Hill, N.C. Senior Stephanie Stoicovy won the floor exercise for the second consecutive week to start the season as she posted a 9.850 to lead the Colonials to their only event win.

Stoicovy currently ranks fourth overall on the floor exercise in both the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) and the NCAA South East region with a 9.875 high score. She also ranks fifth overall in the EAGL and seventh in the region in the all-around.

Through the first three weeks of the regular season, the Colonials rank third in the EAGL in uneven bars with three individuals - juniors Taylor Henderson, Kiera Kenney and Betsy Zander - ranked among the top 10. GW also boasts team ranks of fifth on floor exercise, seventh on vault and eighth on balance beam.



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