Aug. 17, 2004
Colonials Advance on Athens
Five Current or Former Colonials Compete at 28th Olympiad
Four GW alumni and one current student are among the elite athletes
competing at this months Summer Olympics in Athens. Chad Senior
(BS 97), a second-time Olympian, will take part in the grueling
modern pentathlon. The sport introduced in 1912 as a contemporary
version of the classic pentathlon includes running, swimming, pistol
shooting, horseback riding and fencing. Senior, who finished sixth in
the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, is an Army infantry officer and part of the
Armys World Class Athlete Program, created for aspiring Olympians.
While at GW, Senior set five swimming records and was named Atlantic 10
Freshman Swimmer of the Year and A-10 Conference champion twice. The mens
modern pentathlon will be held Aug. 26.
Washington, DC, native Aquil Abdullah (Attn. 199296) heads to Athens
as the first African American man on the US Olympic rowing team. A star
wide receiver at DCs Wilson High School, Abdullah opted for rowing
over football after a scholarship offer from GW. He missed qualifying
for the 2000 Games by a fraction of a second, but a first-place finish
in the double sculls at this years Olympic trials secured his position
on the Olympic team. Abdullah rowed with partner Henry Nuzum Aug. 14 in
the first heats for mens double sculls; finals will be held Aug.
GW student Brett Heyl is also taking to the Olympic waters, racing in
the whitewater slalom kayak. Known as K-1 whitewater, the sport requires
paddlers to navigate up to 20 gates while steering through rapids. Heyl,
an economics major, took a leave from his studies to train full time
a break which paid off with a win at the Pan American championship. His
second place finish at the US Team Trials, as well as an eighth place
finish in a World Cup event, earned Heyl a spot on the US Olympic team.
Heyl plans to return to GW in the fall. Mens whitewater slalom kayaking
will be held Aug. 19 and 20.
Two GW womens basketball stars Ugo Oha (BA 04) and
Elisa Aguilar (BA 00) will compete in the summer Games. Oha,
a 6-foot-4 center, will play for the Nigerian national team in the teams
Olympic debut, while Aguilar, a 5-foot-8 guard, will play for the Spanish
team. Oha, who was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, holds GWs
record for blocked shots, is eighth on the all-time scoring list, and
sixth in rebounds. Aguilar holds GWs record for free throw percentage
and ranks third in three-point shooting.
Both players were named A10 Rookie of the Year and All-A-10 First
Team. Aguilar also played professionally in Spain before joining the Utah
Starzz of the WNBA in 2002. The Nigerian team plays in Group A, along
with Greece, Australia, Japan and Russia, while the Spanish team is in
Group B with the United States, the Czech Republic, China, New Zealand
and Korea. Womens basketball runs from Aug. 14 to 28.
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