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Athletics

Welcome to the SMA Wildcat Athletics program!

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.


Athletics News

Swim and Dive Place 2nd at Platte Canyon

Congratulations to the SMA Swim/Dive team as they placed second in their meet on Wednesday. Highlights include:

 

Mia Gabriele, who came away with a first place finish and personal best in the 200 IM. Lindsey Fruhwirth took first in the 100 backstroke, and the 400 free relay team of Ava Erickson, Lindsey Fruwirth, Parke Mills, and Charlotte Gaudet, came away with a first place finish as well.

 

Vera Logan swam the 100 freestyle and came away with a personal best by nearly four seconds and Jessica Garofalo had a great swim in the 50 free, with the fastest split of the season by any wildcat.

 

Go Wildcats!


 

Monster Dash 2018

It was a great day for the 10th Annual MONSTER DASH race and seventy-four runners dressed in costumes participated in the one-mile run. The "Fast Food" team from Kent Denver claimed the Best Dressed Team award.  The "cereal killers" from Dawson were dressed in the SCARIEST costumes, the "Mario-Kart" team from Aspen Academy earned the Most Creative costume award, and the St. Mary's Academy "PacMan" team won the FUNNIEST costume award. St. Mary's Academy BOYS earned a 2nd place team finish by narrowly missing first place by one point. Nate Hoody, Ben Hoody, Kaz Hayter, Nick Wiley, and Cam Harry were the top five runners for the Wildcats. The middle school GIRLS finished in first place as Alexandra Collins, Suvina Heidt, Evie Talbert, Izzy Turner and Caroline David were all among the top eight to cross the finish line! Congratulations to all of the runners and thank you to the parents who volunteered to help us host this special event at SMA.  

Varsity Field Hockey Coach, Sarah Jacobs: Coach of the Year

A big congratulations to our Varsity Field Hockey Coach for being voted by her peers as the Colorado Conference Coach of the Year. Our program of 46 girls has grown tremendously over the past five years with Jacobs at the lead. We are very proud of the varsity team's quarterfinal finish and the JV and Varsity winning records. A special congratulations to seniors Lily Loftus, Maddie Wilten, and Vera Logan for being selected and participating in the Field Hockey Senior game on Sunday. 

The goal for the State meet was simply this, “Run your best and see what you are capable of as an individual.” SMA fought hard on the challenging course against the twenty best 3A schools in the state. Each and every one of our runners ran with heart, determination and spirit leaving nothing in the tank by the finish line.  Our four top runners ran the first mile under 7 minutes and the next three were through by 7:30! Finishing times were as follows:

 

Victoria Perez:  22:44

McKenna Nading:  23:19

Areeba Nauman:  23:31

Gretchen Hummel:  23:46

Eva Pacheco:  24:24

Claire Qualls:  24:35

Callie McKenna:  25:07

 

 

The 3A race was won by The Classical Academy with Peak to Peak coming in second.  SMA placed 19th

Field Hockey Finishes Strong 

 

Congratulations to the field hockey program for their success this season. Both JV (7-6-1) and Varsity (10-5-1) finished with winning records and the C Team finished off their season with a big 1-0 win against Mountain Vista. A special congratulations to the varsity field hockey team for their qualification to the state tournament. Although they fell 2-0 to Regis High School in the quarterfinals, we are so proud of their hard work and efforts this season. Highlights from the quarterfinals include a score of 0-0 and halftime with an incredible, diving, penalty stroke save by goalie Kate Frankmore. 

Featured Athlete of the Week

Hannah Chung- Swimming

This week’s featured athlete is Hannah Chung, a member of the SMA swimming & diving team. Hannah had previously been a diver before switching to swimming this year and we are so glad that she did. She has been at practice every morning and does so with a smile on her face.

She has become proficient at the breaststroke and at the meet this past weekend, already dropped two seconds in her 50 free, achieving a personal best of 35.77.

Hannah has a great attitude, always shows respect to her coaches, never complains, and pushes herself in practice. Hannah has become a valued member of our team, not only athletically, but as someone who embodies characteristics that every coach looks for in their athletes. Great work Hannah!


 

Hannah Finke- Varsity Basketball

Our featured athlete of the week for varsity basketball is senior, captain, Hannah Finke. Hannah has been a four-year member of the varsity basketball team and has been part of back-to-back trips to the State Tournament. Hannah is in her second year as a captain for the team, and she has helped to build the bridge from a program that has graduated 11 seniors in the last two years to a varsity team with 6 of 10 members being sophomores or younger. The rebuilding process for the program has only served as extra motivation for Hannah to give the team everything she has on a daily basis. While in the prior three years she has been known as more of a defensive specialist, she did have some big scoring games including a 13 point outburst in the first game of last year’s district play. And this last Friday night, she established a new career high by scoring 16 points, including making 4 three-pointers. Hannah is as tough as they come, and she is a joy to watch play the game she loves so much. Congratulations, Hannah, for being selected as the featured athlete of the week!

Middle School Featured Athletes: Brody Mackey and Riley Ketterhagen

Congratulations to our next middle school featured athletes: Brody Mackey and Riley Ketterhagen!

 

Brody is an exemplary member of the golf team in every way - he worked hard to improve every day, supported his teammates at every opportunity and is a skilled golfer with a bright future.  Brody and his dad Brian even won the Friends & Family Par 3 Scramble!

 

Riley always focuses on the positive on the 6th grade volleyball team. Even in times of personal or team challenges she has rallied her teammates together and exhibited perseverance. She is a vocal leader on the court and is driven by a strong work ethic. Riley is a teammate who acknowledges the contributions of others and represents her school with pride.

Areeba Nauman, Cross Country

Congratulations to Areeba Nauman for being selected featured athlete of the week.  Areeba is a quiet contributor to the SMA Wildcat Cross Country team. She has been a Varsity athlete for all three of her years at SMA and consistently finished as a top-three runner on the team this season.  Areeba was a huge contributor in our quest to qualify for the State tournament. Areeba brings a positive attitude to every practice and works hard every day, setting a great example for the younger members of the team.  She pushes herself to the limit in every race and has earned three PR Ribbons this season. Areeba ran her season-best in a time of 22:40 at the 3A Regional Meet on the all dirt and hills course at De ‘Evelyn High School.  Over the course of the season Areeba improved her time by over 2 minutes in the 5K! Congratulations to a valuable and respected teammate- way to go Areeba!

Haley Maeurer, Varsity Volleyball

Congratulations to our next featured athlete: Haley Maeurer. Haley had an amazing junior year in volleyball.  A third-year Varsity starter and now a co-captain, Haley contributed to every aspect of the Wildcats' success, playing in all but a handful of points the entire season.  Most memorably, Haley put the team on her shoulders in a five-set thriller victory over Eagle Ridge, despite having a horrible cold, and led the team with 15 kills and 3 blocks.  She's the kind of athlete who lives for game day. Haley led the team this season with 203 kills (2nd in the Metro League) and did a great job adjusting to and mentoring new Varsity setters.  Haley logged 28 blocks and 18 serving aces. It has been incredible to see her skills improve to a level that has earned recruitment by Division I programs. When Haley rotated to the back row, she was most instrumental in running the Wildcat offense as a setter, earning 190 assists this season.  Her defense continues to improve, and Haley logged 188 digs this year. She is in the top 25 of every stat category (except aces, #37) in the league--that's Haley in a nutshell. Congratulations on a wonderful season, Haley. You make the Wildcats proud!

Athletics Calendar

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