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The spring season has started here at Georgetown and there is a lot going on, let's get to it...


The swimming & diving teams had two dual meets last week with the women's team running their unbeaten streak to eight in a row.  Senior Lindsay Vickroy was a part of two relay-winning teams and also won four events over the two days.  This Saturday is their Senior Day up at Yates against Howard at 1 p.m.  This will be the last home meet for 11 seniors so please go out and support them before they head to BIG EAST's in three weeks.

 

The tennis teams also started spring competition last weekend as the men took two out of three at the VCU 4+1 Invitational with wins over Campbell and James Madison.  Meanwhile, the women's team earned the first victory over an Ivy League school in program history with a sound defeat of Penn.  This weekend the men travel to CP for a date with the Terps.

 

Saturday is a huge day for Georgetown Athletics as a whole.  The final big event may be the one not many people know about.  Hoyas Unlimited will host the Sixth Annual Diamond Club First Pitch Dinner benefiting Georgetown baseball that evening.  Olympic hero and goaltender on the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team Jim Craig will be this year's keynote speaker. The First Pitch Dinner will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2010 in the Leavey Center Ballroom on the campus of Georgetown University. The fundraising dinner will also feature a silent auction that will include vacation getaways and Major League Baseball tickets.

 

Over the past several years the First Pitch Dinner has featured such luminaries as Tim Kurkjian, Johnny Bench, Terry Francona and the late Tim Russert, along with former and      current MLB players, umpires, general managers and Georgetown alumni.

 

Craig is most notable for being the goaltender for the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that    won the Olympic gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Games. In the Olympic semifinal game against the heavily favored Soviet Union, known as the "Miracle on Ice", Craig stopped 36 of 39 shots on goal as the U.S. beat the Soviets, 4-3, in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

 

Staying with the baseball team, due to the recent natural disaster, a number of college baseball teams have banded together to "Pinch Hit for Haiti."  The Elon University baseball team started the initiative with the goal of raising money to help in the Haitian relief efforts despite being confined to campus with preseason workouts.  The team asked every NCAA collegiate baseball team to donate money to the Red Cross.  In the D.C. metropolitan area, extending out to all of Virginia and Maryland, Georgetown University has taken the lead in cultivating funds to provide to the Red Cross for relief efforts in the island nation recently ravaged by an earthquake.

 

"The disaster in Haiti put the lifestyles we lead here at Georgetown in perspective," senior captain Tommy Lee said.  "Our team could not be more proud to represent Georgetown University and join the tremendous community that exists in collegiate baseball around the country. We are fortunate to have Mike Melillo down at Elon University start the effort and to have every member of our team contribute. Georgetown Baseball will continue to provide further donations and support for this "Pinch Hit for Haiti" initiative as we try our best to help those in need."

 

Donations are being made directly to the Red Cross in a variety of ways. If you would like to help out in this effort, you can donate to the Haiti Relief and Development fund at www.redcross.org. You can also donate $10 via your mobile phone by texting "Haiti" to 90999.

 

You can also visit: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/athletics/pinchitforhaiti.xhtml

 

Finally, the women's basketball team, ranked No. 17 in the nation, hosts Rutgers in McDonough on Saturday afternoon.  Tip is slated for 4 p.m. and this is a huge game for the team as far as league and national implications are considered.  You can easily, make it back from Verizon after the Georgetown men play some team from Tobacco Road that will go unnamed.  So if you would like to catch TWO outstanding basketball games that day, make the pilgrimage back to campus after the men's game for Georgetown-Rutgers.

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