Sports Briefs

Swimming and diving beats La Salle

Both the GW men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams beat La Salle at the Smith Center Saturday.

The women’s team won impressively by placing first in all but three events, outscoring the Explorers 156-84.

GW started out well and never slowed down, sweeping the 400-yard medley relay to open the meet. Connie Shelton (200-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke) and Kristen Janeczek (200-yard and 100-yard freestyle) each won two individual events for the Colonial women. Robin Bolstad, Rachel Smith, Dena Hoffman and Jennifer Skinner also were victorious.

The men’s team won by narrower margin, taking the meet by a final score of 124.5 to 118.5. GW had a lead of 109.5-78.5 with three events to go, but faltered in the final few events to allow the Explorers to close the gap.

The Colonials won eight of the 13 events. Sophomores Tim Champney and Juan Bocanegra and freshman Wesley Teter led GW with outstanding performances. Champney won the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly, Bocanegra took first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle and Teter won the 1000- and 500-yard freestyle.

-Dustin Gouker

Cross country teams end season at District IIs

The GW men’s and women’s cross country teams both ended their seasons Saturday at the District II Championships held at Pennsylvania State University.

The men’s team placed 19th of 27 competing schools. Senior Jason Weber (34:43) led the Colonials with a 65th-place finish overall. Junior Jeff McCarthy (35:00) was the second GW finisher, placing 82nd overall. This was the first event all season in which McCarthy was not the highest GW men’s finisher.

The women’s team placed 20th out of 26 teams. Senior Lauren Edwards (20:21) placed 53rd, the highest GW finisher. Junior Tarra Short (20:51) was the next highest GW runner, finishing 82nd. Junior Amanda Roebel did not run in the final race. Roebel was GW’s highest finisher in five races this season.

-Dave Mann

Athletic department hires former UConn coach

Dominic “Dom” Perno, a former men’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, has been named Assistant Director for Athletic Development, GW Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz has announced.

As Assistant Director for Athletic Development, Perno will coordinate fund-raising and marketing within the athletic department. Perno coached at UConn from 1977-’86, compiling a record of 139-114. He led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 1979.

-Dave Mann

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