Congratulations to the high school volleyball program for three team wins in their season opener against Englewood. The wildcats have been working hard during their August pre-season and were able to come out strong against the pirates.
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SMA HS Athletics Wildcat Mission:
SMA Athletics has a strong history of providing educational athletics founded on the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect. Student-athletes develop leadership skills while experiencing personal growth in a competitive athletic learning environment. The Athletics Department works diligently to foster a culture of acceptance, self-advocacy, and healthy competition. The SMA athletics program is integral and connected to the holistic experience of each student-athlete at SMA, building a sense of community and pride while competing as a wildcat student-athlete. SMA athletic participation is designed to challenge students to be empowered, successful young women and active participants in the overall life of the school.
Heartiest Congratulations to Sydney Silve '20! Sydney competed at the U.S.A. Swimming Junior Nationals Championships (18 and under) at Stanford University in Palo Alto. In the 100 backstroke she placed 13th in a time of 1:02.68. This time qualified her for the 2020 U.S.A. Swimming Olympic Team Trials. This is the meet U.S.A. Swimming uses to select the US Olympic Team for the 2020 Olympic Games. It is the fastest and hardest meet to qualify for in the country. At this meet, the top two finishers in each event will compete in those events at the 2020 Olympics. The Olympic Trials will be held June 21-28 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Good luck Sydney,and we couldn’t be more proud!!!
A big shout out to the middle school and high school athletes participating in the SMA Field Hockey Camp. Striving to work hard and have fun! We look forward to the high school season starting on Monday, August 12th.
Congratulations to the St. Mary's field hockey players who participated in the Colorado State Games Friday- Sunday. The girls, of various grade levels, formed a team coached by Sarah Jacobs and Sara Knetemann. The team placed third and competed well against players from around the state. We are proud of their efforts- go wildcats!
High school volleyball coaches, Tim Wompey and Ashleigh Freudenstein, took a group of volleyball players to the CU Volleyball camp. During the weekend, our wildcats competed and participated in drills and games with various coaches. We are excited to see how they perform this season. Way to go athletes!
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In a season of highs, lows, growth, and change, one thing has remained constant - the C team field hockey defense is strong. We owe a big part of that to one of our captains, Anika Fernandez-Sharma. Anika consistently demonstrates humble leadership and is always willing to learn and accept feedback. The team is confident in Anika's abilities as a defender and more recently as a defensive midfielder. She is a crucial piece in both of our defensive and offensive corner units. Anika's speed and patience during games make her one of the most threatening players to each team we face. Many of Anika's teammates are new to field hockey, and through her actions, Anika has demonstrated what a St. Mary's student athlete truly is: hardworking, disciplined, and willing to learn. The team is extremely grateful for Anika's guidance this year, and we are excited to watch her keep growing as a dynamic field hockey player in this program!
Congratulations to our next featured athlete: senior, captain Lane Rippey. Lane has shown that contributing to the team can extend beyond your performances or places. She has risen to the call to be a leader in all areas of the team; leading practice, mentoring younger runners, and keeping focused on bigger team goals. In races, Lane is encouraging teammates to run harder to keep or earn a varsity slot. At the Mead Invite she took 39 seconds off her all-time PR as a Wildcat to cement her spot on the Varsity team at Metro Leagues this coming Thursday. Lane embodies the positivity and tenacity of the Wildcats in all her work on the cross country team. Great work!
Often times, the goalie gets looked overlooked on a field hockey field. However, Kate Frankmore's skills do not allow her to go unnoticed as she is one of the strongest players on the SMA 2019 field hockey team. Her confident strong step ups to play, her quick feet, and her wide clears are done with elegance and grace. She is able to direct her defenders where they are needed, and they have the utmost respect and confidence in her lead. Kate, voted one of the captains of the season, is viewed as a leader on and off the field. In team huddles, she is constantly pumping the players up and giving them positive encouragement. She played outstanding in the Creek game on Monday night. The SMA Wildcats are lucky to have such a strong anchor in the back field and we look forward to what else she will bring in the second half of the season.
Congratulations to our next featured athlete: junior field hockey player, Maya Stehno. Maya has made an impact already this season in the field hockey program. In addition to playing both offensive and defensive midfield positions, she is a major threat inside the circle. Maya consistently stays low and commits to channeling well on the sidelines. She is strong at the post on offensive corner plays and has racked up two goals for the wildcats against Cheyenne Mountain and Mountain Vista due to her patience and tipping efforts. Well done Maya!
Congratulations to our next featured athlete, varsity cross country runner: Hana Husmann.
Hana Husmann has quickly emerged as an outstanding talent as a 9th grader on the Varsity Cross Country team. She has been impressive in practice, showing an outstanding attitude, work ethic and commitment, able to be a leader even as a new, young member of the team. Despite her humble demeanor, Hana’s abilities have become clear in the first two meets. She had the courage to go hard from the line in her first High School race, coming in second of 70 athletes in Division 2 at the D’Evelyn Dash, and just five seconds behind the winner. She followed this up neatly with another outstanding performance the following week, taking second in the Liberty Bell Invitational Division 3 Girl’s race, by five seconds (again), in a field of almost 200. In this outstanding effort she also took over a minute off her time from the week before. Hana is making St. Mary’s Academy proud, and doing it in all the right ways. Congratulations Hana!
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