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Two of last year’s Final Four teams, including national champion Virginia, await men’s soccer as part of an 18-match 2015 regular season schedule announced Tuesday by head coach Craig Jones.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary of varsity soccer this fall, our schedule is one of the toughest and most challenging since I have been involved with the program,” Jones said in a release.

Catholic (8/21) and James Madison (8/23) will test GW in exhibition contests before the Colonials begin the season at the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup, where they will take on American (8/28) and Howard (8/30) in the tournament’s 15th season.

GW will head to California next to square off with Cal State Fullerton (9/4) and San Diego State (9/6) and then pay a visit to Saint Francis (9/16) before a three-game homestand featuring matches against Loyola Maryland (9/19), national semi-finalist UMBC (9/22) and Robert Morris (9/25).

After visiting the reigning champion Cavaliers (9/29), the Colonials kick off their Atlantic 10 schedule on the road at Davidson (10/3) and Saint Joseph’s (10/7).  The team returns to DC to play George Mason (10/10), Longwood (10/13), reigning A-10 champion Rhode Island (10/17) and Saint Bonaventure (10/21).

Games at VCU (10/24), home against Massachusetts (10/31) and at Saint Louis (11/7) will round out the Colonials 2015 campaign as they look to reach the A-10 tournament for the first time since 2011. GW posted a 6-9-2 overall record (2-4-2 A-10) last fall.

“I seem to say this every year, but the A-10 is getting tougher and more competitive every season and every game is a battle,” Jones, in his fourth year as head of the program, said.

The 2015 A-10 Championship will be hosted by George Mason on Nov. 12-15.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Marty Fenn.

The softball team suffered a double dose of losses in its Atlantic 10 opener against La Salle on Sunday, after entering conference play with eight wins in a row.

Freshman Sarah Costlow started both games in the circle for the Colonials (13-10, 0-2 A-10), who lost the first game 10-1 in five innings and dropped the nightcap 3-1 despite a complete game from Costlow.

“[In the first game], [Costlow] was falling behind a lot of hitters, whether it was 2-0 or 3-1, and then she would give up a hit,” GW head coach Stacey Schramm said. “She’s a freshman, and it was conference play, so I don’t know if she just had some butterflies and needed to get it out of her system.”

The Explorers (3-6, 2-0 A-10) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with Costlow surrendering a hit batter and two walks to go along with a pair of singles.

La Salle began to pour it on in the third, knocking Costlow out of the game after a two-RBI, bases-loaded double that followed a walk and a pair of singles. Sophomore Paige Kovalsky relieved the freshman and surrendered a bases-clearing double that extended the Explorers’ lead to 8-0.

The Colonials would get on the board after a double from junior Morgan Matetic that would eventually lead to junior Carlee Gray’s run-scoring double play. It would not prove enough, however, as the Explorers tacked on two more runs in the fifth because of three walks and a hit batter.

“We need to limit free bases, and that’s always been an issue for us,” Schramm said. “Ten of their runs in the first game were people who got on base by either getting hit or walked, and you can’t win games like that.”

In addition to breaking an eight-game winning streak for the Colonials, the loss also ended Costlow’s seven-game winning streak.

The Explorers jumped on Costlow early in game after a lead-off home run from Michelle Hagarty in the first. Then there were two more runs in the third inning on a walk and two hits.

The Colonials got on the board in the fifth after an RBI single by senior Victoria Valos and threatened in the sixth after Gray’s triple. However, she was stranded, and the Colonials fell 3-1.

Regardless of the strong stretch prior to this weekend, Schramm said the Colonials have struggled at the plate in recent games.

“We haven’t been our best lately… We haven’t really been stringing our hits together,” Schramm said.

Costlow’s complete game was marked by three runs on six hits and five strikeouts. Valos has now reached base for 13 consecutive games, marking a tie for the program record held by Elana Meyers Taylor.

With two non-conference games slated for this week before A-10 play resumes against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Schramm also preached the need to do the little things offensively to ensure success moving forward.

“[We need to] work on executing, looking for pitches where we can move a base runner instead of getting our own hit,” she said. “It’s easier said than done, but we’re going to work on that situational hitting.”

The Colonials will host Dartmouth (5-11) on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Bartnichak.

Coming off two victories this past weekend, women’s tennis sophomore Lana Robins was named Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Co-Performer of the Week, the league announced yesterday.

The award is the third of the season for Robins, who was named Performer of the Week on April 4 and February 4.

Women's tennis sophomore Lana Robins. Courtesy of GW Athletics.

Women’s tennis sophomore Lana Robins. Courtesy of GW Athletics.

Robins was a crucial part of the Colonials’ unbeaten weekend, securing two singles victories at the No. 1 position that helped the team win in come-from-behind fashion against Xavier and conference rival Richmond. GW won both matches by a score of 4-3.

Against the Spiders, Robins secured the first singles point for her team after they dropped two doubles matches. Freshman Taylor Nederlander (6-2, 6-7, 6-4), sophomore Stephanie Wei (7-6, 6-4), and senior Isabella Escobar (7-5, 6-3) also added singles wins to earn the victory.

The Bellavue, Wash. native owns an overall record of 16-9 this season and a 5-4 record while playing at the No. 1 spot.

With the two wins this past weekend, the women’s tennis team improved to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in
the A-10.

The team is back in action on the road Saturday against Morgan State at 1 p.m. The Colonials next conference match is April 19 at home against George Mason at 11 a.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

The men’s tennis team may have finally confronted its ceiling this weekend.

The No. 53 team in the nation showed its conference dominance through the first two games of the weekend, comfortably handling Atlantic 10 rivals Fordham and Richmond, 5-1 and 6-1, respectively. But in its loss to No. 21 Wake Forest, the Colonials also showed the vast difference between top 60 and top 25 teams.

During the victories, sophomore Danil Zelenkov extended his streak of unbeaten play to 12 matches, winning in straight sets both days.

Seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svennson practice on the Mount Vernon Campus earlier this week. Hatchet File Photo

Seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svennson practice on the Mount Vernon Campus earlier this week. Hatchet File Photo

On Sunday, the team traveled to take on No. 21 Wake Forest – easily GW’s highest ranked opponent of the season. The team knew they were up against a powerhouse, but one that had lost four of its last 10 matches.

According to head coach Greg Munoz, with the Demon Deacons playing their second match of the day, the game plan was to tire their opponent with “1000 percent effort, energy, and focus.”

The team showcased that effort early in doubles play, when the No. 76 duo of junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas won a close tiebreaker, 8-7. However, the No. 2 pair of senior Nikita Fomin and Zelenkov were not as fortunate, finding themselves on the losing end of a similar tiebreaker, 7-8. In the No. 3 spot, the senior duo of Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen came up short against Wake Forest’s Adam Lee and Anthony Delcore, losing the set, 5-8, and giving away the doubles point.

Though the Colonials performed admirably, it was clear in singles play that the Demon Deacons were, simply, the more talented team. With a roster that boasted three nationally ranked players, Wake Forest secured the 4-0 win quickly with wins at the No. 1, 2 and 4 slots.

Despite the unbalanced results of the weekend, Munoz described his team’s situation as, “an unknown team that’s been steady in the rankings.”

GW (12-6) lost an opportunity to solidify its impressive season with a win against a top 25 team, but proved once more that they are still a threat to grab one of the top two seeds in the A-10 Tournament. The Colonials are now perfect in conference play, at 2-0, with less than two weeks remaining before postseason competition.

The Colonials will move on this weekend in their home finale against Georgetown Friday at noon.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Softball can’t keep pace with Fordham offense

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Darius Kamshad.

Saturday’s women’s softball double-header with Fordham University marked the opening games of the Colonials’ campaign for the 2014 Atlantic 10 softball championship, but unfortunately, their bats weren’t quite as prepared.

GW would drop both games to the A-10 defending champion Rams, by scores of 2-0 and 10-2.

Despite a tough start to the season, the Colonials had played extremely well as of late, going 10-2-1 over their last thirteen games and bringing a confident atmosphere to the Mount Vernon Campus.

It was a big day for sophomore Megan Rico, who started the first game for the Colonials on the mound. Fordham, however, drew first blood in the top of the third inning, as two Rams doubles led to an early 2-0 lead.

GW had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the frame, getting its first two batters on base, but three consecutive groundouts spoiled the scoring threat.

There was a spot of drama in the top of the fifth when freshman Marissa Mangini nailed a Fordham player at home plate to keep the score at 2-0.

The Colonials would get one more scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth, as sophomores Carlee Gray and Morgan Matetic both walked to begin the inning, but again, the GW bats would leave its runners stranded.

The first game ended by that final score of 2-0, with Rico taking the loss despite going seven strong innings.

The second game started off similarly, with a few scoring chances for the defending A-10 champions and an eventual 3-0 Rams lead by the top of the second inning. In the bottom half of the inning, GW found itself with the bases loaded, but a final ground out by freshman Madi Myers-Cook returned the team to the bench without any runs.

After that, the Fordham lead kept growing as they failed to take their foot off the gas pedal. By the top of the third inning, it was 5-0.

GW got its first runs across in the bottom of the fourth, when Matetic hit a skyrocketing home run to bring in two runs and make it 5-2.

Fordham came right back, though, and regained its control of the game, pushing across two more in the fifth and another three in the sixth and final inning to bring the game to its final score, 10-2.

Gray would lead the team going 2-3, with Matetic’s homerun being the only run support for Rico, who once again took the loss.

Certainly an extremely tough afternoon to stomach for the Colonials, as their bats that had been hot of late, fell silent.

GW will host UMBC this Tuesday before beginning playing a doubleheader against Massachusetts on Saturday.

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Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Photographer Senior Dani Jackson puts up a shot against Fordham on Saturday.

Josh Solomon| Hatchet Staff Photographer
Senior Dani Jackson puts up a shot against Fordham on Saturday.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

BRONX, N.Y. Back-to-back three-pointers and the lead the Colonials had all half was gone. It was now a three-point Fordham lead, 29-26, with a little over a minute to go in the first half. They never relinquished it.

The Rams would go onto win 67-58, as their outside shots, alongside a tight halfcourt defense, buried a Colonials that was forced to take shots out of rhythm all second half.

“I think some people were hesitant on their normal shots and that kind of just ruined their rhythm to make the shots. Same with me, I think I rushed a lot of shots. That was really it, just rushing and not really staying in rhythm with our shots,” said graduate student Danni Jackson, who finished with a team-high 16 points.

As GW (16-8, 7-4) continued to fall behind in the second half, the Rams continued to shoot with a high efficiency. Fordham went 45.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three, making over half of its shots and draining eight threes in the second half. To make matters worse, the Rams went 15-18 from the charity stripe, getting to the line 16 times in the second half.

GW defenders were caught going under hard screens at the top of the key, which led to consistent open looks for Fordham. Senior guard Abigail Corning scored 20 points, assisted by 4-8 shooting from behind the arc.

Both teams came in with two of the best floor generals in the A-10: Jackson and redshirt senior Erin Rooney. Jackson, who led the A-10 in assists with 7.5 per game, would dish out four dimes on the night, while Rooney, ranked second at 7.3 apg, would best Jackson with seven helpers.
As a team, Fordham ended with 21 assists on 22 made baskets, while the Colonials had 13 on 22 field goals.

“They set good screens and we made the decision that once there was contact to try to sneak underneath and they made us pay,” head coach Jonathan Tsipis said.

Rooney was shut down for most of the game though – GW held her to 3-13 shooting for 11 points. When everything was rolling for the Colonials early in the first half, they were frustrating Fordham’s half court defense.

Consistently tipping passes and forcing turnovers, GW went up 14-7, forcing a Fordham timeout. The home team would fight back, going on a 12-6 run to close within one point.

It still felt like GW’s game, though, until Fordham three-pointers swung momentum in the its favor. Fordham would come out in the second half and make another three in the first eight seconds of play.

Freshman Caira Washington was effective on offense with her jumper, scoring 14 points on 7-10 shooting. She fouled out, though, in crunch time with two and a half minutes to play. Graduate student Brooke Wilson was unable to play in the second half after sustaining an injury late in the first half, forcing freshman Hannah Schaible to play a lot of time at power forward.

Washington’s frontcourt partner, sophomore Jonquel Jones, had trouble all-day, going 3-11 from the field with eight points, 10 rebounds and four turnovers.

“JJ’s got to know that people are going to knock her around,” Tsipis said. “In that kind of stretch in the first, from about eight minutes to about the three minute mark when the lead changed hands, I think you’ll see we took a lot of jumpers and it wasn’t just JJ. I think it was a lot of people. We’ve got to get more points in the paint.”

The Colonials finished with 20 points in the paint to Fordham’s 16 points, but Tsipis knows his team’s strength is in the post. GW ended the game outrebounding Fordham, 38-33 and 14-5 on the offensive glass – a stat that one thought would have won them the game.

Even without a dominant presence down low, GW scraped their way back to a five-point game with 46 seconds to go. An either-way foul on junior Chakecia Miller and missed free throws ended the game for good, though.

With the loss, GW’s chances of winning the Atlantic 10 regular season are now slim, although they can still finish in the top half of the conference.

“I haven’t thought about [an A-10 regular season title] one bit. It was a matter of could we steal a second road win this week and take that momentum with us,” Tsipis said.

GW will go onto play VCU at home Thursday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m., and then Massachusetts Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 11:32 p.m.

A-10 men’s basketball wrap-up

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Mark Eisenhauer.

Here’s a look back at the week’s biggest highlights in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball:

Mighty Minutemen fall, twice

No. 21 UMass was upset in both of its conference matchups this week, being defeated by both Saint Bonaventure and Saint Joseph’s.

After being handed their first loss in over a month by the Richmond Spiders last week, the Minutemen seemed to return to form by crushing Fordham by 38 just a few days later.

But just as it looked like they were bouncing back, the rest of the A-10 had other ideas. Holding UMass star guard Chaz Williams to only 11 points and forcing 17 turnovers, the Bonnies took down the Minutemen 78-65. The loss seemed to stick in their head as the Hawks jumped out to a 16-point lead Saturday. But after making five clutch fouls shots in the last thirty seconds, Saint Joseph’s would hold on for the win.

This subpar week has brought UMass to a 4-3 conference record – dropping them to fifth in the A-10 rankings and likely out of the Top 25 completely. if they truly want to be contenders this year, a quick return to form is more than necessary.

George Mason nearly upsets St. Louis

Entering Saturday’s game with a 7-13 overall record and not a single conference win, GMU seemed to pose almost no threat to a powerhouse No. 19 Saint Louis team. Even more, the Bilikens were undefeated at home in conference play and had accrued an impressive 19-2 overall record.

But much to the chagrin of fans at Chaifetz Arena, the Patriots gave the home team a run for its money. GMU led the game by seven on three separate occasions and with 4:12 to play held a five-point lead. After some tense final minutes, Saint Louis hit a three with 44 seconds left to grab momentum and send the game to overtime.

The Bilikens would pull away in the extra period to win their 14th straight game – tying a school record – while the Patriots would fall to 0-7 in conference play. Not even Bryon Allen’s career-high 30 points could help this struggling Mason team, who will not likely get out of the A-10 basement anytime soon.

VCU wreaks Havoc

After being defeated by the Colonials on Jan. 14th, the Rams responded in a big way, winning five straight to re-solidify themselves as a powerful contender in the A-10. Now 6-1 in conference play and 18-4 overall, VCU holds a commanding second-place standing in the A-10, as well as a No. 28 ranking in the RPI and BPI.

This week, they took down both Fordham and local-rival Richmond with relative ease. Despite allowing a staggering 31 points to Richmond’s Kendall Anthony, head coach Shaka Smart has his “Havoc” defense back on track. Senior Juvonte Reddic and junior Treveon Graham make VCU a serious contender in both the A-10 and the NCAA tournament if they were to get a bid. Keep VCU on your radar in the coming weeks, as some AP Poll votes are definitely headed their way.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Nora Princiotti

Freshman midfielder Tobi Adewole chases after Fordham junior defense Eric Walano in GW's 2-0 win Sunday. Dan Kolonay | Hatchet Photographer

Freshman midfielder Tobi Adewole chases after Fordham junior defense Eric Walano in GW’s 2-0 win Sunday. Dan Kolonay | Hatchet Photographer

The men’s soccer team continued its consistent play Sunday with a 2-0 shutout win over Fordham for its first Atlantic 10 victory this season

The Colonials defense continued its hot streak and finally received support from the offense, which has struggled to counterbalance the strong play on the defensive side.

GW carried their momentum from recent  ties against Saint Louis and Dayton, but entered Sunday’s game with the intent on proving themselves as a formidable conference contender, capable of winning under pressure.

Playing tough opponents has not been a problem. GW have taken three teams into overtime play who have received votes in the SCAA Top 25, two of them ranked.

Oddly, it’s been teams with losing records that have caused the Colonials trouble. Teams like Saint Peters (2-6-4) and NJIT (5-8-2) have handed GW losses this season. The Colonials didn’t want to add Fordham, the A-10’s fourth worst team, to the list.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” head coach Craig Jones said. “We knew it was going to be a constant battle for 90 minutes so it was a great performance for us. A clean sheet, two goals and one in the A-10.”

Fordham (3-7-1) is no offensive juggernaut, but the shutout victory still saw only seven total shots from the Rams’ offense.

Junior goalie Luke Farrell made two saves in Sunday’s victory. Farrell, who replaced Jean-Pierre van der Merwe for the first time against Dayton, has excelled in the starting role, recording his second shutout in three games.

“He deserves to start and right now he’s got the number one spot and really it’s his to lose,” Jones said. “Two clean sheets in three games – he’s really stepped up and he looks like he’s enjoying it.

Farrell and the Colonials’ defense have had only one goal scored against them thus far in A-10 play, but through the first two games of A-10 play GW’s offense could only amount a single goal.

The script to have been similarly in the first half of Sunday’s match, where the Colonials could muster up only two total shots.

Sophomore forward Jonny Forrest has been held to 418 minutes on the pitch due to injury after beginning the season with two goals in three games. Presumed healthy by his coaches, he was substituted in the 27th minute with instructions to stay upfield and do one thing: score.

“Anytime he’s on the field he gives us a different dimension,” Jones said. “When he’s on the field he can score goals.”

The first half was a case of ‘not quite’ for the Colonials’ offense. Despite GW being the quicker team for most of the match, GW were unable to convert those plays into scoring opportunities.

That changed shortly after halftime. Forrest headed a free kick by senior Abdul Shaban into the back of the Fordham net to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.

Forrest had another chance with 36 minutes left to play, but pulled up limp after beating two Fordham defenders to an open ball in front of the net. Forrest was taken out of the match with an injury.

An unusual suspect also contributed offensively with 85:31 recorded on the clock. Freshman defender Sam Summerlin, who only had one previous shot taken in the entire season, scored his first goal of the season.

“I was behind [the middle defender] by five yards or so but I knew he was going to play it back either to the outside back or to the goalie. I was already pushed high enough so I decided to take a chance and I guess I just beat the goalie to the ball and poked it in,” he said. “I had no celebration planned.”

The Colonials have a good opportunity to continue to develop their momentum when they take on Rhode Island (2-7) Friday at 7 p.m.

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This post was written by contributing sports editor Sean Hurd.

In an interview Friday with women’s volleyball head coach Amanda Ault, she said that for her team to succeed in Atlantic 10 play there must be a combination of trust, communication, and aggressive play.

After dropping their A-10 opener in straight sets to VCU (27-25,25-21,25-20) and then winning their first conference match of the season in a five set thriller against URI (18-25,25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10) this weekend, one could see Ault may have been missing one key factor from her winning formula: balance.

From the start of the season, it was clear that the Colonials’ attacking front was not going to blow any team out of the water, and instead, multiple hitters would average 10-plus kills each. In fact, through their first 16 matches of the season, multiple players have recorded 10-plus kills only seven times. The Colonials have found their strength on the attacking end, through the ability to get everyone involved.

“Everybody is important,” Ault said. “We need to be balanced with what we are doing, and we cannot rely on solely one person to take care of things for us, because we are going to be too much for the other team when we are balanced.”

For the most part, GW has been able to compensate for their lack of offensive dominance with a strong presence blocking on the pin and tallying digs. As of Oct. 6, freshman middle blocker Chidima Osuchukwu ranked seventh in the A-10 conference in blocks per set at 1.10, and first in the A-10 with 19 solo blocks. On the backline, sophomore libero Maddy Doyle is second in the A-10 with 4.48 digs per set.

When the Colonials fail to have both sides of their game show up, they ultimately struggle to stay in contention.

Against VCU (15-4, 4-0) on Friday, GW was unable to record a single block until the middle of the second set, allowing the Rams to hit .406 and .306 with just six total attack errors in the match’s opening sets.

“I think we were having a little bit of trouble defensively,” Ault said. “The VCU attackers are very strong, they see the block extremely well. They’re not someone who goes up and swings wildly just to swing, they see what’s open and they use that to their advantage.”

In spite of their ability to keep the sets close, nine service errors and 22 attack errors would lead to a straight-set loss to the Rams, the Colonials’ fourth straight defeat.

Despite the loss, Ault believes that with the right adjustments her team will be ready for the Rams when they travel to the Smith Center next Saturday for what will be the teams’ second match in eight days.

“VCU is a good team and they have some attackers that are hard to stop, but I don’t think they are someone we have to shy away from or that we can’t handle,” she said.

On Sunday, a balanced GW squad took the floor against a URI (9-9, 2-2) team that entered the match with two conference wins already under their belt.

The Colonials struggled in the first set, unable to solidify their serve and pass game, which Ault believes, caused the team issues when trying to find a rhythm on the floor.

“The serve and pass game is extremely important in volleyball,” Ault said. “I think we struggled with that in set one, especially with our passing. We weren’t able to do what we needed to do. We tightened that up a bit as the match went on and so it certainly helped. It helps with our momentum but also with taking them out of the options that they have.”

GW was able to bounce back thanks to the across-the-board offense that the Colonials have relied on. Five Colonials’ players tallied at least seven kills with the top two achievers being Osuchwuku, who had 13 kills on just a single attack error, and Rachael Goss, who hit .250 with 11 kills of her own.

Four GW players reached double digits in digs, with freshman setter Emily Clemens and Doyle leading the way for the team with 15 and 19 digs, respectively. Clemens also tallied 43 assists in the five-set match.

On the blocking end, three Colonials recorded at least six block assists, with senior outside hitter Landon Garvik and junior middle blocker Gabrial Rushton tallying 11 and nine block assists, aiding in the 15 total blocks the team had in Sunday’s match.

With the team clicking on all ends, the Colonials were able to pull out a victory in five sets, finishing the weekend road trip at 1-1 – exactly where Ault wants her team to be heading home for a weekend double header.

“You’re going to need to take care of the matches at home and steal a couple of matches on the road,” Ault said.  “I like the way that we’re coming in 15 strong, everybody is important.”

The Colonials will look to record their first win streak of the season when they take on La Salle on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Smith Center.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:08 a.m.

GW swimmer wins prestigious A-10 award

This post was written by Hatcher reporter Nora Princiotti.

Former Colonial men’s swimming star Philip Graeter may be running out of room in his trophy case.

Philip Graeter, swimming

Then-junior Philip Graeter swims hig leg of the butterfly relay during a meet in the Smith Center pool. Graeter becomes just the second male GW athlete to receive the A-10 Male Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. | Hatchet File photo

Graeter was named this year’sAtlantic 10 Male Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, making him the first-ever GW swimmer with the distinction.

Each year, the honor is given to a male and female starter or significant contributor to an A-10 team who carries a minimum 3.0 GPA and, according to the conference’s athletic directors, best exemplifies the term “student-athlete.”

“Phillip has been a wonderful representation of our team and what it means to be a student-athlete at GW,” head coach Dan Rhinehart said in a release. “His dedication both in the pool and in the classroom is what makes him an outstanding person who is truly deserving of this award. We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

The award also makes him the conference’s first swimmer and GW’s fourth student-athlete to receive the honor. He shares the award with VCU tennis standout, and recent graduate, Max Wennakoski.

During his time at GW, he made both the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List and the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll during each one of his semesters. As a senior, he earned the Georgey award for Male Athlete of the Year, the J. Dallas Shirley Most Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete title and, to top it off, a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

He is a three-time MVP and an 11-time A-10 Championship medalist. His three medals this season, including his first-ever individual gold in the 400 IM, propelled the Colonials to a fourth place finish at A-10 championships this year.

Graeter joins Matt Osborne, men’s soccer (2002-03), Svetlana Vtyurina, volleyball (1995-96), and Darlene Saar, women’s basketball (1994-95) on the list of recipients of the award from the University.

He will continue his study at GW as he pursues a masters degree in engineering management with a concentration in energy and environmental management.

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