Sports Briefs

McKeon gets top spot at Boston University

GW women’s basketball associate head coach Margaret McKeon was named the new head coach at Boston University.

McKeon will become the fifth head coach in the BU program’s 24-year history.

After four years at GW under head coach Joe McKeown, McKeon handled many on-court coaching responsibilities and served as the recruiting coordinator. GW’s record with McKeon was 93-32 (.744), which included three NCAA Tournaments appearances.

“I was able to receive many strong recommendations for Margaret,” director of athletics at Boston University Gary Stricker told BU’s Sports Information Office. “They included one from previous coach and friend of Boston University, Mike Jarvis.”

McKeon was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Assistant Coaches” by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. McKeon earned Big East All-Conference honors while playing for St. John’s University.

“We are fortunate to have found a coach with the strong record of success that Margaret McKeon brings to us,” said Stricker. “I am especially impressed by the work she has done with the George Washington program that has been a leader in the Atlantic 10 and has made several recent NCAA Tournament appearances.”

-Zach Leibowitz

Crews race over weekend

The women’s crews struggled against stiff competition at the Princeton Regatta May 1.

The varsity eight finished fourth behind Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown. The boat finished 12 seconds behind the Hoyas. The junior varsity eight placed third, defeating Georgetown. The varsity four boat finished second, 15 seconds behind Princeton’s “A” boat.

The men’s varsity eight raced May 2 on the Potomac River at the D.C. Area Championships. The boat finished second, 10 seconds behind Georgetown. The women’s novice four boat won its event, defeating Georgetown by 19 seconds.

-David Holt

GW hands out postseason awards

GW named swimmer Tim Champney winner of the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award and gymnast Meena Lakdawala the winner of the Lynn George Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete Award. Champney was GW’s first male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships and was featured by Sports Illustrated this year. Lakdawala is 10th all-time in GW history in the all-around with a score of 38.700.

Senior forward Noelia Gomez was named Player of the Year for the women’s basketball team, while senior guard Shawnta Rogers was named the men’s basketball team’s Most Valuable Player. Rogers joined Mike Brown (`86) as GW’s only three-time MVPs.

Penders signs point guard

GW men’s basketball head coach Tom Penders added his third recruit of this season – 5-8 guard Bernard Barrow, a native of Harlem, N.Y. who has been playing the last two years at Kilgore Junior College (Kilgore, TX). Barrow, who averaged an impressive 8.9 assists per game this last season, has two years of eligibility left.

“He is a real jet set, a real New York City point guard who knows how to play the game,” Penders told the GW Office of Sports Communications. “The combination of Val (Brown) and Bernard should ease the loss of Shawnta (Rogers).”

– David Holt

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