Monthly Club Roundup

Baseball
The GW Club Baseball team begins their 2003 campaign for the World Series this weekend with a road trip to the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. Looking to build on last year’s success, GWCB is the favorite to win the Northern Division of the Mid-Atlantic Conference in the National Club Baseball Association.

With tough non-conference games against UNC, North Carolina State, University of Virginia and Penn State, GWCB is putting themselves in position to excel. Taking the mound for GWCB is ace pitcher senior Matt Ryan. Ryan is looking to lead a crew dominated by underclassmen featuring freshman Dave Meo and sophomore Matt D’Alessio.

GWCB is looking to tear up the opposing pitching led by senior outfielder Mike Schwimmer, sophomore catcher Tom Gooding, senior first baseman Etan Hirsch and infielders freshman Jake Ritt and sophomore Jeremy Gardner. Defensively, GWCB will be anchored by infielders Matt Bagell, Brett Kaplan and Travis Rush. Check out their Web site for updates and information on all players and games at www.gwu.edu/~baseball.

Kendo
The kendo team placed second at the Cornell University Invitational last November and team coach Shinya Deguchi took first place in the individual competition.

In upcoming events, the team is giving a kendo demonstration at the “Martial Arts, Miso and Matzah Ball” event in the Marvin Center’s Continental Ballroom March 11 at 7 p.m. In April, they will compete in the Harvard University Shoryuhai Kendo Championship, where they look to improve on their second-place finish from last year.

The club, which practices Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Building K, Tuesday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Center and Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Mount Vernon gym, is always accepting new members. Email kendo@gwu.edu for more information.

Rugby
The women’s rugby club will host its first home match of the season March 1 against the University of Delaware. The location of the match has not yet been set. The team practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue. For more information contact president Rose Nocito at rnocito@gwu.edu.

The men’s rugby team will travel to New Orleans Feb. 27 for a Mardi Gras tournament. The team typically plays three games in the 16-team tournament. The team did not go last year, but went 1-for-2 in an appearance two years ago. The men practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 20th and E streets. For more information contact Andrew MacWilliams at andrewm@gwu.edu.

Ultimate Frisbee
The men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee teams are heading out to San Diego this weekend for a Presidents Day Weekend tournament, their first of the year. The Hungry Hungry Hippos will also compete in tournaments at the University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Atlanta University, Haverford College, Penn State, UMass and Salisbury State University.

To see your club featured in next month’s roundup, e-mail sports@gwhatchet.com.

-Lauren Silva

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