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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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Women’s cross country head coach Terry Weir. Media Credit: Zachary Krahmer | Senior Staff Photographer

The Colonials are currently ranked 15th in the most recent of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll. The regional ranking is the first NCAA ranking in program history.

Three other A-10 programs make the list: La Salle, at seventh, Duquesne, at ninth and Saint Joseph’s at 14th. District-rival Georgetown leads the list, and local rivals Navy and Maryland also make appearances, at sixth and 12th, respectively.

Lead by second-year head coach Terry Weir, the Colonials finished 13th of 28 teams at the Princeton Invitational last weekend. Collectively, GW has nabbed one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season.

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Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 4:44 p.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Men's Waterpolo, Paul Deasey

Then- sophomore Paul Deasey looks to send the ball down the pool last season. | Hatchet File Photo

Fall sports are getting underway, and we’ve got summaries of three opening weekends below:

Cross Country

The women’s cross country team finished second at the Seagull Opener Saturday, and the men’s team finished third at the event.

The women’s program saw three top-10 finishes at the invitational. Senior Heather Stevens crossed the finish line in a career-best third place out of 146 runners, running the course in 22:35. Fellow senior Juliana Stern placed sixth, running the course in 23:03, followed closely by freshman Caroline Wolfe, who finished in seventh overall.

The men’s team saw four top-20 finishes at the race, including sophomore John Louis-Pane, who ended in 14th place of 116 runners, completing the course in 27:13. Freshman Kyle Ames finished 17th, followed by senior Alex Dadds, who finished 18th, and freshman Ryan Tucker, who was 20th.

Men’s Water Polo

The men’s water polo team opened its season with a perfect weekend, posting a 4-0 record at the Navy Open, the first time since 2006 the team has had that opening record.

GW officially began its season with a 21-5 routing of Penn State Behrend Saturday, and then narrowly defeated Iona 11-10 for its second victory. Eleven different Colonials found the back of the net against Penn State Behrend, led by freshman Jonah Dowd, who scored four goals, two assists, two penalties drawn and a steal. Against Iona, graduate student Milos Purkovic added five goals, while senior Cameron Illes saved 13 shots in goal.

Sunday, the Colonials remained perfect, defeating first Notre Dame (Ohio) 16-9 and then Gannon 18-6. Freshman Bogdan Petkovic led the Colonials against Notre Dame, adding seven points on four goals and three assists to go along with three steals, and Illes recorded nine saves. Against Gannon, junior Paul Deasey paced the Colonials with a career-high five goals, followed by four from Petkovic.

GW heads to the Princeton Invite next weekend.

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Senior Eric Lara sends a pitch to home plate earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

Eight GW teams are the recipients of NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards, given to the team that scores in the top 10 percent in the nation in their sport.

The baseball, men’s cross country, men’s tennis, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s water polo programs all earned recognition.

“To see eight GW teams earn multi-year NCAA academic distinction is tremendous, and it sets the bar even higher for years to come,” athletic director Patrick Nero said. “After a year in which our teams achieved athletically at all-time levels, the fact that our student-athletes and teams also reached previously unattained academic heights is very rewarding to everyone who works so hard to ensure that our athletics program matches the overall excellence of the university.”

A team’s academic progress rate follows the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a measure of each program’s academic performance. The current multi-year period being evaluated runs through the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.

It was the third consecutive multi-year award for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Six programs were also recognized for a perfect APR in 2010-11: men’s basketball, golf, men’s water polo, women’s basketball, lacrosse and volleyball.

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head cross country coach Terry Weir

Friday's meet at the Mount St. Mary's Duals was the first for new cross country head coach Terry Weir. | Courtesy GW Sports Information.

The Colonials opened their season at Mount St. Mary’s Duals on Friday, and both the men’s and women’s programs finished sixth out of six teams competing at the meet.

Junior Heather Stevens led GW, completing the 5K course in 19:25.38 and finishing in 13th place of 61 runners. Fellow junior Julia Weir was the next highest-ranked from GW, finishing in 25th place in 19:53.12. Rounding out the top five women’s runners for GW were three freshmen in their collegiate debut. Erica Halvorson finished 37th in 20:24.04, Kathryn Luker finished 45th in 21:01.56 and Paige Peltan finished 48th in 21:11.75.

Freshman Marco Siragusa was the top finisher from the men’s program, finishing 48th of 84 on the 5K course in 16:28.92. Sophomore Rex Sheikh followed, finishing in 65th place in 17:01.07 and fellow sophomore James Stern came in 68th place in 17:16.12. Freshman John Perrino (17:41.12) and sophomore Jacob Levine (18:37.98) completed GW’s top five.

The Colonials next travel to the Navy Invitational Sept. 17.


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Monday, June 20, 2011 8:19 p.m.

Cross country coach resigns

The head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams is leaving GW to assume the same role at a Division II school in Florida.

Brian Beil will head up the cross country program at Flager College in St. Augustine, Fla. beginning June 27. Beil was the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams for seven seasons after working as an assistant coach for the Colonials for two seasons.

“The decision to move on has been by far the most difficult I have made in my life to date, and it is with a heavy heart that I leave Foggy Bottom” said Beil. “Over my nine years as a coach at GW I have had the pleasure to come in contact with some truly outstanding individuals who have shaped me as both a person and a coach. I do not have the words to express just how much I will miss the student-athletes, alumni, administration and fellow coaches I am leaving behind.”

During his tenure at GW, Beil’s squads have earned seven first-place team finishes, and 26 athletes have combined for 46 commissioner’s honor roll certificates. Under Beil’s helm, Megan Hogan became the program’s first-ever All-American performer first in 2009 and again in 2010.

“The bulk of my adult life has revolved around working with the student-athletes at GW to help them grow into successful runners and professionals in their field,” Beil said. “While I will miss them dearly and always be a Colonials fan at heart, I am excited for this new opportunity and feel it is time to begin the next chapter in my life.”

GW has already started a national search for Beil’s replacement.

Prior to coming to GW, Beil worked as an assistant coach for East Carolina University’s men’s and women’s cross country and track teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from East Carolina University in 2000.

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Women’s cross-country runner Megan Hogan finished eighth today at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., with a time of 20:19.

Hogan finished the race tenths of a second behind the seventh and sixth place finishers and just six seconds out of third place. Villanova junior Sheila Reid won the individual championship with a time of 20:06. The Wildcats also won the team championship.

Hogan, who finished third at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Nov. 13 to qualify for the National Championships, is now a two-time All-American. The Ballston Spa, N.Y. native finished 27th at the NCAA Championships last season, which made her the first ever GW runner to be honored as an All-American.

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Senior women’s cross country runner Megan Hogan finished third today at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in State College, Pa., qualifying her for the NCAA Championship meet next Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Colonials senior completed the 6k course in 19:58 seconds, 38 seconds faster than her time on the same course earlier this season.

Hogan, who set a course record and won her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Individual Championship last weekend, was also named the A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Her appearance at the NCAA Championship meet next weekend will be Hogan’s third straight. She was the first ever GW runner to advance to the National Championships when she made it there in 2008. Last season she finished 27th out of 255 competitors and became the first ever Colonials runner to be named an All-American.

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Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 8:00 a.m.

GW sports weekend roundup

It was a busy weekend in GW sports, and we didn’t have enough room in today’s issue to fit in all the Colonials action from the past three days. Here’s a quick roundup of the results and some notes, basically everything that didn’t make it into the paper.

Men’s Tennis

Senior Yan Levinski won the Georgetown Tennis Classic on Sunday, topping Pennsylvania’s Phil Law in straight sets in the championship match yesterday afternoon. Levinski defeated Mikey Clarke of Georgetown in the semifinals earlier in the day on Sunday, and he beat top-seeded Ryan Pool of James Madison on Saturday.


The volleyball team went 1-2 in the Penn State Rockvale Outlets Classic over the weekend, falling 3-0 to the three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions on Friday and splitting its games Saturday with a 3-2 loss to St. John’s and a 3-0 win over Princeton.

Sophomore Lauren Whyte recorded both career highs and lows in the tournament in kills, with a career-worst five against Penn State and a career-best 26 against St. John’s.

Sophomore Candace Silva-Martin, who was named to the all-tournament team on Sunday, had 17 digs in GW’s tournament-finale win against Princeton.


The golf team placed 14th out of 15 teams over the weekend in the Maryland Intercollegiate, shooting a 72-over-par 924 for the tournament as a team. Junior Martin Liu turned in the low card of the tournament for the Colonials, shooting a 10-over-par 223, putting him in 35th place. No other GW golfer placed in the top 50.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams had top-25 finishers Saturday in Annapolis, Md. For the women’s team, senior Jessica Stern finished in 25th place in the 5K Salty Dog Invite, while senior Zach Borenstein crossed the finish line in 25th place in the 8K Navy Invitational. Both races were held at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club.

Men’s Water Polo

After winning its opening game over Iona 5-4, the men’s water polo team dropped its next three games in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend in Cambridge, Mass. The Colonials fell to 20th ranked Bucknell 21-3 early on Saturday before falling later in the day 7-4 against Johns Hopkins. GW also lost on Sunday, dropping the tournament’s seventh-place game to MIT, 14-6.

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Senior Megan Hogan finished 27th among the 255 runners in this afternoon’s NCAA women’s cross country championships in Terra Haute, Ind. to earn All-America honors after finishing the six-kilometer race in a time of 20:34.8.

The time was a 36-second improvement from last year’s 96th-place showing. Last fall Hogan, who only started running competitively after transferring to GW two years ago, was the first-ever GW runner to qualify for the NCAA championships and on Oct. 31 was the first in school history to win the Atlantic 10 championship. Today she became the first-ever Colonials runner to qualify as an All-American.

According to the GW Sports account, Hogan was tripped at one point and as a result slipped from 15th place to 60th before recovering and re-gaining much of the lost ground. The race was broadcast live on Versus and also streamed online.

Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri was the race’s surprise winner with a time of 19:46.8.

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