At the 2022 Senior Honor Toast, GW Athletics toasted its graduating student-athletes and presented awards to its top performing members.
The Lynn George Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete Award is presented annually to an outstanding senior female athlete who exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and citizenship. Lynn George was an outstanding GW student-athlete in the late 1940s, who later became GW’s first Director of Women’s Athletics, serving in the role for 12 years until 1987. Already Chambliss won the honor in 2022. Chambliss capped off his most decorated season in the Buff & Blue with a trip to NCAA Regionals as an individual all-around qualifier. She won EAGL Gymnast of the Year after finishing first in the league in vault, floor and all-around. As the third gymnast in program history to earn the league’s highest honor, she also tied the program record by winning EAGL Gymnast of the Week four times throughout the regular season. Chambliss also finished the year ranked 25th nationally on vault, 43rd nationally on floor and 34th in all-around. She earned a perfect score of 9.950 on vault at GW’s Pink Meet on February 6, which tied her for first place in the event’s program history. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in December, Chambliss is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health and biomedical sciences.
The J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete Award is given to a graduating senior male who also embodies the characteristics of a well-rounded student-athlete. Shirley, a 1935 GW graduate, was a GW basketball star who went on to pursue a distinguished career as a DC educator and basketball official. The late Mr. Shirley was a well-known college and NBA referee and he also officiated at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He is one of only two GW graduates – the other being the legendary Red Auerbach – at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2022 recipient was from men’s swimming and diving, Marek Osina. Osina was a driving force behind his team‘s dominant push to a second straight Atlantic 10 title and fifth conference crown in six years, earning A-10 Most Outstanding Performer honors after earning seven gold medals. ‘gold. The Czech Republic native broke his own A-10 record en route to victory in the 200 IM and also posted NCAA B cup times in individual wins in the 400 IM and 200 backstroke. He was also part of four relay wins, highlighted by a conference-record performance in the 200 medley relay. During her two years at GW, Osina also excelled in the classroom, twice earning A-10 All-Academic honors as a business major with a concentration in accounting. He earned a spot on the All-American Scholar CSCAA list for a second consecutive season in 2022 and in all, won 13 medals, including 12 gold, in his two trips to the A-10 meet, and he will have a chance to add to his legacy next year as he returns to pursue his masters in accounting.
Twice President of SAAC Lauren Bennett received the 2022 Student-Athlete Leadership Award. Bennett demonstrated leadership during his time in the Buff & Blue. As a member of the women’s rowing program, Lauren rowed the Varsity 8 to a three-time second-place finish in the A-10 Championship, the program’s best results. Individually, she has earned first-team all-conference honors twice.
The Crosse Sophie Watkinson won the Female Scholar Athlete Award due to her cumulative GPA of 3.91 while majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, while golfer Luis Preciado won the 2022 Male Scholar Athlete Award with his GPA cumulative score of 3.87 while majoring in economics. and computing.
Bennett, Chambliss, Osina, Preciado and Watkinson were named Colonials of the Week on Monday, May 16 for their efforts throughout their careers and in 2021-22.