Sports Briefs

By Sarah Walsh Hoya Staff Writer

Swimming Team Earns Academic All-American Honors

For the ninth consecutive semester, Georgetown’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were honored as Academic All-American Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their academic achievements in the fall 1998.

The men’s team received accolades and an “Excellent” rating for their 3.144 team grade point average, the fifth best in the nation among Division I teams. The Hoyas were just slightly behind first-place Dartmouth’s 3.323 team GPA.

With a 3.312 team GPA, the women’s squad brought a “Superior” rating and a sixth-best finish back to the Hilltop. Butler’s women’s team finished first in the nation with a 3.54 team GPA.

The CSCAA award recognizes the scholastic achievements of each team as a whole, with a 2.80 out of 4.00 minimum eligibility requirement. The Hoyas have received CSCAA honors every semester since the arrival of Head Coach Bethany Bower five seasons ago.

Georgetown’s Georgia Peach

On Monday, April 19, senior Justin Berman was honored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a “Peach of an Athlete.” Berman, an Atlanta native, was honored for exemplary accomplishments in athletic competition, academic achievement and community and school service.

In addition to being the No. 1 singles player for Georgetown’s men’s team, Berman is a Dean’s List student, chair of the GU Mentor Program, and a tutor in the cDonough School of Business, a director of the Jewish Student Association. He also coordinates “Raquets,” an after-school mentoring program organized by Georgetown’s tennis team, and volunteers to help D.C. area school children through Georgetown Athletes Mentoring Enterprises.

Tourney Features Hoya Hoopsters

GPB will play host to a 3-on-3 basketball tournament this weekend on the outside courts next to McDonough Arena, weather permitting. All proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit Pediacare, a D.C. area children’s charity.

The winners of the tournament will then square off against three member of Georgetown’s men’s basketball team. Seniors Dean Berry, Daymond Jackson and Trez Kilpatrick have all agreed to challenge the winners of the tournament.

The double-elimination tournament currently features 11 men’s teams and two women’s teams. Games will be played under Yates Field House-style rules, the winner being the first one to go to 11 points.

The entry fee is $15 per team and each player will receive a free t-shirt, donated by Georgetown Sports.

Georgetown Rugby Overpowered

Last weekend, the Georgetown club rugby team faced off against the Washington Rugby Club, the top rugby team in the District and a national powerhouse that is part of the “rugby superleague.” Georgetown fell 31-12 to Washington’s older, larger and more experienced team.

The challenging match helped prepare the Hoyas for their game against George Washington in the semi-finals of this Saturday’s Capital Classic. The winner of that game will face off in the final game against the winner of the Catholic-American semi-final match.

Georgetown’s semi-final match will be held in the District on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and the final game will be played at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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