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Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 8:46 p.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Lauren Whyte, volleyball

Lauren Whyte | Hatchet File Photo

We couldn’t fit all of the Colonial sports news on the page today. Here’s a glimpse at what’s new in the world of GW athletics:

Women’s volleyball

Two Colonials picked up A-10 honors this week, with senior Lauren Whyte named to the A-10 all-academic team and second team, and senior Candace Silva-Martin joining her teammate on the A-10 academic team.

The second team award was the fourth postseason honor of Whyte’s career, after she was a first team selection as a junior, second team selection as a sophomore and an all-rookie nominee following her freshman campaign. Whyte finished her GW career with 1,625 career kills, ranking second all-time in the program.

The academic team nod was the second postseason award for Silva-Martin, who was named to the all-rookie team after her freshman year. Silva-Martin closed her time in the Buff and Blue this season as the league’s all-time career digs leader with 2,126. She’s just one of four players in conference history to surpass the 2,000 dig mark, and is the all-time leader in that category at GW.

Men’s water polo

Men’s water polo freshman Bogdan Petkovic was named the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Year, the first GW player to earn that honor.

Petkovic, who also earned a slot on the All-South team, set a single-season program record 96 steals and ranked third on the team with 45 goals, 24 assists and 69 points. He posted a team-high 18 field blocks on the season, the third-highest single-season total in program history, and was named the  Southern Division Rookie of the Week twice in the 2012 season.

Men’s and women’s swimming

The swim teams took to the pool for the Patriot Invitational this weekend, with the men’s team finishing sixth of eight, and the women’s squad wrapping competition in third place of nine teams.

Sophomore Garrett Cottingham was a standout for the men’s squad, nabbing a third-place finish in 200-yard breaststroke in 2:07.4. Freshman Oliver Keegan took third in the 200-yard butterfly, in 1:51.90. Sophomore Sean Rhinehart took fifth in the 200-yard butterfly and senior Phillip Graeter was fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.

The women’s team’s finish came after a push on the last day of competition that lifted it a slot into third. In the 1,650-yard freestyle, junior Caroline Myers took second while freshman Riley  LeBlanc took fifth and freshman Madison Reinker finished in seventh.In the 400-yard freestyle relay of juniors Sydney and Sloan Saunders and Melissa Fernandez and freshman Kally Vanderbilt touched the wall in second place on a come-from-behind finish that saw GW finish the heat in 3:29.49.

Cross Country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams were also in action this weekend, with the men finishing 10th of 16 at the IC4A Championships and the women finished eighth of 19 at the ECAC championships.

Freshman Ryan Tucker paced the men’s squad, finishing 26th of 151 runners after he ran the five-mile course in 26:58. Sophomore John-Louis Pane was next, in 30th.

For the women, senior Heather Stevens was first, running the 5,000-meter course in 18:43, to wrap competition in eighth place of 177 runners. Next was senior Juliana Stern, who finished in 21st and senior Julia Weir in 26th.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:35 p.m.

Men’s swimmer carries Olympic torch

Sophomore Joe Lipworth with the Olympic Torch. Photo courtesy of Brian Lipworth.

A sophomore on the men’s swimming team carried the Olympic Torch today for part of its journey though the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Joe Lipworth, a native of Dundee, Scotland, carried the torch through Hillside, Scotland.

“Joe really deserves this honor. He’s an incredibly hard worker, and his story is a testament to that fact,” men’s swimming head coach Dan Rhinehart said in a release. “Day in and day out, he’s a study in dedication and perseverance. I couldn’t be happier to see him represent GW, his homeland and his family.”

Lipworth was selected through the ”Moment to Shine” campaign, where members of the public nominated someone who was an inspirational figure in their life to serve as a torchbearer. He was nominated by his mother to bear the Olympic Flame, who pointed to her son’s fight against Nephrotic Syndrome as the sort of uplifting story that would make him an ideal candidate for an Olympic torchbearer.

Lipworth was born with the rare kidney disease and bounced in and out of hospitals for the first 10years of his life. But he remained determined to stay active and joined a local swimming club as a young child.

By the time he graduated high school, he was captain of the swimming  team, earning two United Kingdom swimming records for his age group.

Throughout it all, Lipworth said, he had invaluable support from his parents that has continued into his collegiate career and Olympic experience.

” My mum actually purchased a replica torch, which only Torchbearers can buy,” Joe said in a release. “That will be a great memento to remember the whole experience with.”

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Saturday, May 19, 2012 11:01 a.m.

Two Colonials named to academic first team

Philip Graeter, swimming

Junior Philip Graeter swims his leg of the butterfly relay during a dual meet against Bucknell in the Smith Center pool last year. File photo

Men’s swimming junior Phillip Graeter and men’s water polo junior Cameron Illes are both members of the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team, making them eligible for national Academic All-America honors in the at-large category.

To be nominated for the first team, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve, maintain at least a 3.30 GPA, and have completed at least one full year at their institution and participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s competitions.

Graeter boasts the highest GPA on the men’s swimming team with a 3.89 cumulative average. He picked up a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List in February, after earning a 4.0 in the fall semester, and was one of just two Colonials to be named to this year’s Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team. Graeter backed up his academic performance with strong showings in the pool, earning four top-three finishes and breaking two school records at the 2012 A-10 Championships. He was also undefeated in the Smith Center pool for the 2011-2012 season.

Illes owns a 3.92 cumulative GPA and totaled 266 blocks this season, the fourth-most in a single season in program history. A three-year starter at goalkeeper, Illes ranks third all-time at GW with 785 career blocks and holds three of the top five single-season block totals in program history. He is a three-time recipient of All-Academic Team Outstanding Status from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, with a 3.71 or above GPA, and he earned consecutive perfect 4.0 GPAs in spring 2010 and fall 2011.

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Marshall Seedorf

Marshall Seedorf. Photo courtesy of GW Athletics Communications.

Men’s swimming senior captain Marshall Seedorff qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials over the weekend after swimming a 50-meter freestyle in 23.46 seconds at Princeton University.

The trials will take place June 25 to July 2, in Omaha, Neb. As a competitor, Seedorff will look to make the U.S. men’s swimming team and compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. USA Swimming calls the Olympic Team Trials “one of the fastest, exciting, suspenseful and pressure-filled competitions held in the United States every four years.”

“The whole team is very excited for Marshall,” head coach Dan Rhinehart said. “It is an exciting opportunity and I know he is thrilled to be going.”

Seedorff last took to the pool with the Colonials in February to compete in the 2012 A-10 tournament. There, he joined with teammates to put up a season-best time in the 200-yard medley relay and finished in fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.

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Junior Phillip Graeter charges down the pool earlier this season. | Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Mary Ellen McIntire.

The swimming teams headed to District-rival George Mason seeking a successful cap to the season’s competition, but neither returned victorious, falling in the final meet before postseason league competition.

The Colonials took to the pool for their last meet of the regular season Saturday, with both the men’s and women’s team falling to Mason 162-127 and 179-108, respectively. Both teams finished the day with 17 top-three finishes. Despite the finish, head coach Dan Rhinehart was proud of his teams’ performances in light of the illness that’s swept through the rosters.

“We had a number of strong swings today– and, considering that we’ve had something like a 24-hour ‘bug’ running through the team– we performed well,” Rhinehart said.

Junior Phillip Graeter led the men’s team with two first place finishes in the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard backstroke. Freshman Garrett Cottingham and senior Marshall Seedorff also placed first in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Graeter, Cottingham, Seedorff and junior Alex Etz opened the meet with the 200-yard medley relay, placing second with a time of 1:36.73. Junior Luke Quimby snagged a first-place finish in the 100 free in 47.56 seconds. Quimby also helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team close the meet with a first-place finish, along with Seedorff, sophomore Niccolo Wilson and junior Niklas Glenesk.

“We are still in what we refer to as our ‘hard training’ part of our season,” Rhinehart said. “They are all swimming pretty tired right now– but still stepping up when asked to.”

The women’s team claimed the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke, with sophomore Rachael Johnston placing first, sophomore Remy Neville placing second and sophomore Emily Kane coming in third. Johnston also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.57. Neville placed third with a time of 1:09.84.

Sophomore Erica Becker swam a season-best time of 10:50.51 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Freshman Janica Lee placed second and third in the 200-yard free and the 50-yard free, respectively. The 200-yard medley relay, composed of Johnson and fellow sophomore Lindsay Moore, along with freshmen Morgan Zebley and Sloan Saunders grabbed a second-place finish.

“I feel good about that,” Rhinehart said, referring to the team battling through grueling training schedules to compete. “If we were swimming lifetime bests right now, I’d be a little more concerned.”

Despite the disappointing end to regular competition, GW looks to shift its focus to the league tournament about a month from now, when the Colonials head to the Atlantic 10 Championships Feb. 22 in Buffalo, N. Y.

“We have a few more days of ‘hard training’ before we begin our rest. We let the body recover from our hard work and fine tune the little things that will make a difference when we get to the A-10s,” Rhinehart said.

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Philip Graeter, swimming

Junior Philip Graeter swims his leg of the butterfly relay during a dual meet against Bucknell in the Smith Center pool last year. | Hatchet File Photo

The men’s and women’s swim teams returned to the pool this weekend at the Rhode Island Invitational, finishing in second of three teams and fourth of four teams, respectively, after a month-long break from competition.

Leading the men’s squad was junior Niklas Glenesk, who finished with three victories in the 200-, 500-, and 1,000-yard freestyles to help the Colonials post 464 team points. Glenesk was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week for his showing at the invitational, claiming victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:48.06 and edging out the runner-up by a margin of 7.21 seconds.

Junior Phillip Graeter grabbed two first-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley, winning by 0.24 seconds in the 400. Graeter also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.44. He also helped lead the Colonials to a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, joined by teammates Glenesk, senior Marshall Seedorff and junior Luke Quimby.

Taking on Rhode Island, La Salle, and Massachusetts, the women’s swimming team finished in fourth place with 314 team points. While the women’s team earned 18 top-five finishes, sophomore Caroline Myers had a standout showing, swimming her way to three first-place finishes. Myers tallied wins in the 500-free, 1,000-free and the 400-yard individual medley.

Freshman Janica Lee grabbed two second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke, while fellow freshman Morgan Zebley came in second in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.95 seconds.

Lee and Zebley also lead the 200-yard medley relay team with sophomores Lindsay Moore and Melissa Fernandez to a second-place finish with a time of 1:52.41.

The Colonials will next host Georgetown Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Smith Center.

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Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 5:13 p.m.

Weekend in review

We didn’t have room today in the sports section to cover everything that happened for GW sports this weekend, so here’s a round-up of the rest of the competitions:

Sophomore Adam Streeter drives the ball down the pool against Navy earlier this season. | File Photo

Water Polo

The men’s rowing team finished their 2011 season at the CWPA Southern Division Championship, finishing in fifth place overall, just one rank shy of advancing to the CWPA Eastern Championships.

The Colonials opened play against Johns Hopkins, a squad that GW defeated twice during the regular season but that felled the Colonials in the tournament, posting a 16-11 victory. Sophomore  Nate Little paced GW’s attack with four goals, followed by two apiece from sophomore Paul Deasey and freshmen Ridvan Pehlivan and Brian Mojica.  Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes posted five saves on the loss, despite losing time while battling pneumonia earlier in the week.

GW faced two opponents the next day and earned two victories, defeating Gannon 15-3 and Washington & Jefferson 19-9. Little scored 13 goals on the day, followed by Mojica’s six during the two-win effort. Junior goalkeeper Sean Joyce took over in net for Illes, making 15 saves on the day.

The Colonials took to the pool for the third day of the tournament against Mercyhurst, taking a 13-8 victory for fifth place. Little again led the offensive attack, netting four goals, and Illes made the start, posting 13 saves. The victory noted the seventh time since 2000 that the Colonials have placed fifth at Southerns.

GW closed 2011 play with a 13-17 overall record, winning its last three matches of the season.

Swimming

Both the men’s and women’s squads headed to Drexel for a dual meet this weekend, with the men’s team falling 170-110 and the women’s team posting its first dual meet win of the season, 164-98.

The women’s squad earned 11 first-place finishes in 14 events during the meet, and set two Drexel Pool records. Freshman Janica Lee broke the pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.03, and joined with sophomore Lindsay Moore, freshman Morgan Zebley and sophomore Sydney Saunders to post a 200-yard medley relay time of 1:49.79, tying for first place and setting another record.

The men’s squad fell to Drexel, despite junior Philip Graeter and sophomore Spencer Neff each posting two first-place finishes. Graeter took first in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley and Neff finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

The Colonials host their first home dual meet of the season Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. against Towson.

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Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 11:20 a.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Freshman Francisco Dias advanced to Monday's singles quarterfinals after posting a victory on Sunday's play. | File Photo

We didn’t have enough space on our page today for all of the GW sports action, so here’s a quick look at what the Colonials did over the weekend:

Swimming

The Colonials competed in their first dual meet of the season this weekend, when both the men’s and women’s squads fell to Bucknell.

The women’s team was defeated 169-124, despite earning eight first-place finishes. Freshman Janica Lee paced GW, finishing first in three events: the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke. Lee was joined by freshmen Morgan Zebley and Bianca Valencia and sophomore Sydney Saunders in the first-place relay team. Sophomore Caroline Myers finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle and sophomore Lindsay Moore finished first in the 100-yard backstroke. Zebley finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, and Saunders, Zebley, sophomore Sloan Saunders and sophomore Melissa Fernandez earned a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The men’s program also fell to Bucknell, 168-89. The Colonials earned two first-place finishes, including juniors Luke Quimby, Alex Etz and Niklas Glenesk and sophomore Niccolo Wilson’s victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Junior Phillip Graeter earned a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.

The Colonials next head to UMBC Oct. 29 with action slated for 1 p.m.

Tennis

Both the men’s and women’s squad competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional Tournament, with the men’s team taking the court at Virginia’s Smith Tennis and the women competing at Old Dominion’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

Sunday, freshman Francisco Dias paced the team with back-to-back singles and doubles victories. He picked up his first win of the day when he defeated his Maryland opponent in straight sets, and advanced to singles quarterfinals, where he will face No. 1 seed Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, who is ranked No. 18 by the ITA. Dias also joined with senior Ugur Atalay to earn doubles victories over Georgetown and Maryland.

“Ugur and Francisco worked hard and defeated solid Georgetown and Maryland teams,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “They handled pressure perfectly and deserve to be in the semifinal.”

In the women’s competition, sophomore Leah Pascarella advanced in the singles consolation round Sunday, earning her third straight win with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 1-0 (5) tie-breaking victory over William & Mary. Pascarella was the only Colonial to post a victory on Sunday’s play, with senior Jacqueline Corba and sophomore Julia Blakeley dropping singles matches and the duo of junior Mimi Hamling and senior Zoe Krohn falling in doubles play.

Action at both tournament locations continues Monday.

Golf

Freshman Jack Persons, who is competing in just his third collegiate tournament, led the Colonials with a 4-under par score of 68 at the ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate at Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powells Point, N.C., finishing in fourth place Sunday.

“I am so proud of how Jack finished today,” said head coach Terry Shaffer. “He came through in the clutch and really helped his team out.”

The Colonials are tied with Winthrop in fifth place as a team, earning a combined score of  3-over 291. Persons shot 4-under 68 on the day, with senior teammate Martin Liu just three strokes behind with a 1-over 73, tied for 27th place individually. Two more Colonials, seniors Andres Pumariega and Brandon Rukin are tied for 42nd with a 3-over 75, and fellow senior Taylor Fuqua shot a 5-over 77 to tie for 62nd place, rounding out GW’s finish.

Play continues Monday at 10 a.m.

“This was a good first round for us,” Shaffer said. “If we keep shooting this way, we will really show everyone what we can do.”

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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 2:52 p.m.

Assistant coaches added to swimming roster

Ashley Dell and Sean Warlick have been named assistant coaches for the Colonials men’s and women’s swimming programs, and will assist in all facets of the program, including recruiting, training and day-to-day operations.

Prior to coming to Foggy Bottom, Dell had a one-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Iowa, where she was also a member of the women’s swimming program from 2005-09. A two-time team captain for the Hawkeyes, Dell holds three all-time top-10 spots in the 500-yard, 1,000-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events. She was also awarded the Esther and Roland Smith Scholarship for Leadership and the Alison Pennington Haddon Strength of Character Award.

Warlick comes to GW after spending two years with the swimming program at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Warlick served as assistant swimming coach for the Tigers from Aug. 2009 to April 2011 before becoming interim coach and aquatics director this past summer. He spent two years as an assistant coach with the Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach, Calif., and served as an assistant coach for Fort Dodge YMCA and Circle Swim Aquatics in Iowa.

An American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2 Certified instructor, Warlick was a four-year member and captain of the Grinnell College men’s swimming team, where he still ranks among the Pioneers’ all-time top-20 in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“I am very excited to have Ashley and Sean join our staff,” head coach Dan Rhinehart said. “They both bring a wealth of swimming knowledge to GW and I am looking forward to what they can provide to our student-athletes, the program and the university.”

The men’s swimming program finished fourth of seven at the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships,  taking first-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Colonials ultimately earned 223.5 points as a team, matching the program’s highest finish since the 2004-05 Championships.

The women’s swimming program finished eighth of ten at the A-10 Championships, improving upon last year’s last-place finish in the A-10 by two slots and breaking a program record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 8:00 a.m.

Weekend GW sports roundup from Nov. 5-7

There was more GW sports action than we had room for in the print edition of our paper this morning. Here’s a break down of the rest of the weekend in Colonials athletics.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams beat Drexel in a home meet at the Smith Center on Sunday. Freshman Caroline Myers was a standout for the women’s team, winning all four events in which she raced. On the men’s side, sophomore Phillip Graeter also won four events, including the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley.

Men’s Water Polo

The men’s water polo team finished sixth at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Championships over the weekend, falling to Mercyhurst 10-8 in the fifth place game Sunday afternoon. Saturday, GW opened the tournament with a 9-8 loss to Johns Hopkins followed by an 8-7 win over Gannon to advance to the fifth place game. GW took a 5-3 lead into halftime against Mercyhurst in that contest, but the Lakers outscored the Colonials 4-2 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Men’s and Women’s Squash

Both squash teams swept their counterparts from Vassar 9-0 Saturday. All but one Colonials player swept his or her opponent 3-0 in the GW victories.

Men’s Rowing

The men’s rowing team finished fourth out of seven teams at the Rutgers Fall Classic in New Jersey Saturday. GW’s two boats finished the 2.5 mile course in 29 minutes and 23 seconds, behind first place Navy, second place Columbia and third place Pennsylvania.

Women’s Rowing

The women’s rowing team entered just one boat in the Head of the Occoquan race in Woodbridge, Va., over the weekend and placed seventh in that race. The Colonials’ novice eight-person boat completed the course in 20 minutes and 17 seconds, seventh best out of the 25 competing teams.

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