Mason Athletes Take Honors

Posted: April 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The past week has been chock-full of honors for Mason athletes in volleyball, baseball and swimming. In addition, assistant men’s track and field assistant coach Juli Henner was named to Team USA’s women’s track and field squad coaching staff for the world championships.

Swimming

Mason senior Tom Koucheravy garnered Colonial Athletic Association Male Swimmer of the Year honors for the third consecutive year. He is the second three-time CAA Swimmer of the Year.

Koucheravy took first place in the 200, 500 and 1650-freestyle and was a member of Mason’s winning 800 freestyle relay team at the CAA Championship to lead the Patriots to a second-place team finish.

The senior broke his own meet record in the 1650 free with a time of 15:04.87 to capture the event for the fourth year in a row. He also shattered his own CAA meet record in the 500 free with a time of 4:21.42 and was first in the 200 free with a time of 1:38.56. Koucheravy went on to earn honorable mention All-America honors after placing 15th overall in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships.

Koucheravy was also named the men’s outstanding swimmer for the third consecutive year after his performance at the 2007 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Mason’s regular season ended at the CAA Championships in February, and the Patriots’ men’s team finished second for the fourth year in a row with a point total of 518.

Volleyball

This week, redshirt freshman opposite hitter William Price earned his third Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tait Division Player of the Week award of the 2007 season.

With the regular season now complete, Price and his teammates will open up EIVA Championship Tournament play on Saturday, April 21, hosting a quarterfinal match at John Linn Memorial Gym against a still undetermined opponent at 7 p.m.

Baseball

Mason freshman first baseman Justin Bour hit .412 last week with a double, a home run, four RBI and five runs scored to help the Patriots to a 3-1 record. As a result, he was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.

Bour was 3 for 6 in a win over George Washington, 2 for 3 in a win over Georgetown and hit his 11th homer of the year over the weekend during a two-game series with James Madison. It’s the first time Bour has been named Rookie of the Week.

Bour and the Patriots will host Chicago State today at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Mason senior Tom Koucheravy garnered Colonial Athletic Association Male Swimmer of the Year honors for the third-straight year. He is the second three-time CAA Swimmer of the Year.

Men’s Track and Field

Mason’s men’s track and field assistant coach Juli Henner will serve as an assistant under head coach Amy Deem for Team USA’s women’s track and field squad at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan, USA Track and Field announced. An accomplished former athlete herself, Henner will specialize in coaching the distance events.

Henner is in her second season as an assistant coach at George Mason in 2006-07 after serving as an assistant coach at Georgetown University, working with the men’s and women’s middle distance runners.

She was part of the U.S. staff for the 2003 World Cross Country Championships and was team leader at the 2006 World Cross Country meet in Fukuoka, Japan. A 1996 Olympian in the 1,500 meters, Henner was an All-American at James Madison University. She won silver medals in the 1,500 meters at the World University Games in 1993 and 1995. Post-collegiate athletes she currently coaches include 2006 USA indoor 1,500 meter champion Chris Lukezic and former NCAA 800 meter champion Sam Burley.

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