The swim and dive seniors: Lindsey Fruhwirth, Kennedy Gleim, Hayden Jones, Maddie Schroeder, Sydney Silver, Emma Stern, Megan Wick, Parker Amburn, Amanda Dewhurst, Carter Thomas, Darian Smith, Skylar Cole, and Sophia Taylor, were honored at Saturday's meet against Denver South. Our Wildcats performed strongly with our final score of 104 - 70, beating Denver South by 34 points total. A shout out to Charlotte Gaudet, who qualified for states individually in the 50 freestyle. Well done Wildcats!
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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.
At the Coaches Invite, both Lindsey Fruwirth and Sydney Silver swam strong races. Lindsey dropped time in both events she swam (200IM and 500 Free). Sydney made it back to the finals that evening in both of her events (200 Free and 100 Back). She placed 3rd and 1st, rebreaking her backstroke record from her sophomore year. The evening ended with more celebration when the Wildcats won 1st place for the 3A Division!
Congratulations to the swim team for their 2nd place (403) finish at the tri meet yesterday night. The Wildcats competed against CA (415) and Kent Denver (379).
Our 200 medley relay (Sydney Silver, Lindsey Fruwirth, Parke Mills and Izzy Parsons) and the 200 freestyle relay (Izzy Parsons, Charlotte Gaudet, Ella Yearsley and Sydney Silver) also made qualifying times for the State Swim Meet in February!
The Athletics Department hosted one of two signing day ceremonies today in the High School Forum. Seniors Haley Maeurer and Sydney Silver were honored for their accomplishments in front of their families and our SMA High School faculty and students. Both student-athletes will go on to participate in Division I Athletics. Haley Maeurer will play volleyball at Jacksonville University and Sydney Silver will swim at The University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations Wildcats, we are very proud of you!
The high school basketball program organized a foundation game to start off their regular season. The Wildcats played Front Range Christian at home in front of supportive fans. The teams collected donations which will be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The JV team played a hard-fought match and Varsity was able to come away with a strong 32-21 win over the FRC Falcons. Congratulations teams, we look forward to seeing your continued success this season!
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Congratulations to our next featured athlete, diver, Amanda Dewhurst. In her second year on the dive team, Amanda attends each practice with a positive and fun attitude. Constantly striving for improvement, Amanda does not let fear or failure deter her from getting to the final end goal. In her first year she learned eleven dives to be able to compete at league, which is no small feat. While also adding new and more difficult ones to her list this year, her dives continue to improve- many getting scores upwards of six at the latest meet. Well done Amanda!
Congratulations to our next featured athlete: Parke Mills. Parke is someone you can count on to show up at every practice and give it 100% every time. In fact, she has perfect attendance and is a great role model to their teammates on what it means to be a true swimming wildcat. Her hard work and dedication to the team is admirable. She loves to compete and push herself hard at everything she does, always with a smile on her face and encouraging others to do their best as well. As a Junior, she is part of the State Qualifying 200 Medley Relay, swimming the butterfly leg that will compete in February. Parke can and will accomplish anything she sets her mind to and we look forward to seeing her bloom even more for the rest of the season.
Emily Burkholder has joined the basketball program for the first time here in her Junior year, and she has made an immediate impact on JV Basketball. As a team captain and leader, Emily brings a high level of commitment that is a great example for her teammates. She takes advantage of every possible opportunity to play basketball, she works as hard or harder than anyone else on the floor at all times, and her verbal support of her teammates is consistent and positive. Emily is having a huge influence on this season and hopefully will continue in the basketball program and do the same at the Varsity level in the future.
Congratulations to our next featured athlete for varsity basketball, sophomore, Maggie Hass. In her first full year at the varsity level, Maggie has immediately made an impact, helping the team earn three wins before the winter break.
Maggie is an outstanding defender, and she is a threat to get any loose ball regardless of the situation. Maggie has already had two games in which she has scored in double figures, and she had a 10-point quarter in the win over Kennedy at the Wildcat Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Maggie leads by example and never takes a single second off when she is on the floor. She loves to compete, and she loves to win. Maggie has helped to establish a tremendous work ethic within the basketball program, and she certainly has a bright future ahead of her on the basketball floor. Congratulations, Maggie!
From the first day of practice Emily Rodriguez (8th volleyball) has changed quickly to her gym clothes so she can work on her overhand serves. She has mastered this goal with now a 90% success rate. Emily always has a smile on her face and keeps the positive energy on the court and while on the bench. She cheers loudly and often wants to record the stats sheet because she is so focused on the game. She is an essential part of the silver team as a designated setter with a confident ability to pass and hit as well. The difference between a good athlete and a great one is the level of intensity during practice, Emily demonstrates this each day even in the warm-up. Her competitive nature will do her well next year in High School.
Henry Truitt (6th soccer) is a diligent and hard working student athlete who leads by example by always being prepared, being coachable and by giving his personal best effort. Henry is able to communicate effectively with teammates and is valued and trusted by his teammates because of his calm yet demanding demeanor. He plays aggressively but fairly and is always first to pick up teammates when they are down, be it physically or emotionally. He competes at the highest level possible and has fun doing it. Henry is an incredibly positive influence and leader on the 6th grade boys soccer team.
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