Student, Athlete, Spartan: Bailey George Defends More than the Net

Student, Athlete, Spartan: Bailey George Defends More than the Net

by Kevin Hulsmann, CWRU Sports Information

Case Western Reserve University junior defender Bailey George was a catalyst for one of the most successful seasons in the history of the women's soccer program. George was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Association Scholar All-America Second Team, while also earning All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honors and All-University Athletic Association Honorable Mention for her efforts during the year.

George was one of just two Spartans to start all 19 games during the season, as she was a key part of a defense that yielded just 18 goals in 19 games and shutout seven opponents. She helped the squad hold opponents to averages of 5.0 shots on goal per game and 10.0 total shots per contest. George earned UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honors on September 9th. Her efforts helped CWRU match a program record with 13 wins, while earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships for just the second time in program history.

Off the field, George, a Biology and Environmental Studies double major, carries a 3.54 cumulative grade point average and has received UAA All-Academic honors twice over her career. She also is a member of Phi Mu sorority and serves as the secretary for the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association club.

"I chose to join the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association as I was looking for a group of people who share my interests and goals," said George. "What I received from the club was much more, I made great friends and learned so much more about the world of veterinary medicine. I joined Phi Mu for the people. Phi Mu gave me a group of empowered women who offered me love, support, and a home away from home."

Last summer, George was a wildlife intern at The Wilds. The position was all about restoring and conserving Ohio's native flora and fauna, which allowed her to work with Hellbenders and American Burying Beetles. Her internship provided an experience that she should be able to carry into her future career.

"The experience I gained from The Wilds was extremely valuable," said George. "I have a strong passion for conservation and zoological veterinary medicine and my time spent at The Wilds allowed me to explore both these interests simultaneously. After I graduate from CWRU, I plan to attend graduate school for veterinary medicine."

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