Marymount University has inducted five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame:
- dual-sport athlete Jenny Baize Chufo
- soccer player Claire Gebauer
- volleyball’s Mary Carroll Lawhorne
- swimmer Greg Murtha
- basketball player Crissie Washington
The 10th class of inductees was honored in a May 9 ceremony at the Washington Golf and Country Club.
Jenny Baize Chufo
Jenny Baize Chufo, ’00, was the first Marymount women’s volleyball player to play in four consecutive winning seasons, each with more than 20 wins. Her 550 kills as a senior remains a school record. That year she was named to the VaSID All-State first team and earned All-CAC first team honors. She was also a four-year letter winner in basketball.
Baize Chufo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education and earned a master of arts in teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught second grade in the Butler Area School District in Pennsylvania. She and her husband, fellow Marymount alumnus William Chufo, have three children.
A defensive standout on the women’s soccer team, Claire Gebauer, ’05, was a three-time First Team All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree. In 2004 she received VaSID All-State accolades. She was also named to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary team. During her junior and senior seasons, the Saints posted 15 shutouts, the most in any two-year period in program history.
Since graduating with a degree in psychology, she has worked with children ranging from three months to 13 years old. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 3, Gebauer and her mother have raised more than $85,000 in the past six years through fundraising and various events, including Tour de Cure in Reston.
Mary Carroll Lawhorne
Mary Carroll Lawhorne, ’05, brought leadership to a struggling Saints volleyball squad and was named to the All-CAC Second Team as a junior. Her senior year, the team finished 22-13 and made it back to CAC playoffs. She was named to the VaSID All-State first team and earned First Team All-CAC honors. She also became Marymount’s second player to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All Mid-Atlantic Region team and the first to be named an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention.
After graduating, she became a second grade teacher in Prince William County. She was the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Hylton High School, her alma mater, before moving to another high school coaching position. She and her husband, Billy, have two daughters.
As a transfer student in the fall of 2006, Greg Murtha, ’10, originally intended to play golf but became an immediate swimming standout, earning First Team All-CAC honors in the 100 butterfly. The following year he was named First Team All-CAC in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly after winning thee events in the CAC Championship. In 2009 Greg again took home First Team All-CAC honors in all three races and qualified for the NCAA championships. He holds school records in those events and was named Marymount University Male Athlete of the Year in both 2008 and 2009, and most recently, was named to the CAC Silver Anniversary Team.
He’s currently pursuing a second degree in Health Care Administration from Drexel University.
Crystal ‘Crissie’ Washington
Crystal ‘Crissie’ Washington, ’94, was named All-CAC three times. She finished her career with 1,337 points and played with two other 1,000-point scorers – Karen Still and Vi Romans, both MU Hall of Fame members. Her 950 rebounds are second all-time for the Saints and seventh in the CAC. Her 327 steals are second in MU history and fourth in the CAC.
During her career, Marymount won four straight CAC tournaments and had two undefeated conference runs. She helped the Saints to a 44-2 conference record and an 87-16 overall record. The Saints played in the NCAA tournament all four of her years, with a Sweet 16 finish in 1994. They won the NCAA Division III scoring titles in 1993 and 1994.
The Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 to recognize exceptional student-athletes, coaches, and other individuals who had a profound impact on the University, the community, or the nation in the field of athletics.
The 10th class of the Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame was honored in a May 9 ceremony at the Washington Golf and Country Club. Pictured from left: Jenny Baize Chufo, Crissie Washington, Mary Carroll Lawhorne, Claire Gebauer and Greg Murtha.