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St. Mary’s Winter Sports Update

Swimming

This has been such an amazing season for the St. Mary’s Swim Team with all of the swimmers posting impressive accomplishments along the way.

The varsity team finished the season with a record of five wins and 2 losses coupled with a strong performance at the District Meet putting them in second place in the Three Rivers League (TRL); St. Mary’s Head Coach Crystal Ius states she couldn’t be prouder! The fact that every single swimmer had their best swim of the season and a Personal Record at districts was a huge accomplishment.

The JV swimmers finished their season at the TRL JV District Meet at Lake Oswego Aquatic Center on Feb. 13 with outstanding performances from the Blues.

At the TRL District Meet the Blues were well represented with Anna Rauchholz earning top individual female scorer and Hazel Alejos in the top three!

Representing SMA at State, Rauchholz will swim the 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 and 400 Free Relays; Hazel Alejos the 200 IM, 100 Fly, 200 and 400 Free Relays; Eleanor Snyder the 500 Free, 200 and 400 Free Relays; Elisabeth Sanger both the 200 and 400 Free Relays; and Piper Winder, Serafina Ferruzzi, Jennifer Qian, Lauren Ulwelling, Katrina Loceniece, Anna Mann and Channin Hall entering as alternates for the 200 and/or 400 Free Relays.

Congratulations to all the SMA Swimmers and coaches on a great season so far; best of luck competing at the OSAA 6A State Meet on February 21 and 22!

GO BLUES!

Alpine Ski Racing

The Blues Alpine Ski Racers are reaping the bennefits of their focused dryland training and conditioning efforts by staying among the frontrunners in the Mt. Hood League. Payton Bogatin, Kayla Vandecoevering, Addie Butler and Emrie Langfeldt pace the Blues with strong finishes despite several days of intense weather, including race cancellations due to high winds on the mountain.

The team will finish their league season February 22 at Mt. Hood Meadows with a giant slalom race on the Middle Fork run.

Assured to finish league season in the top three, the varsity racers will then be off to compete in the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s (OISRA) State Races March 5 and 6 at Mt. Ashland in Southern Oregon. Wish the team luck and lots of great snow (and little wind) as they fly down the mountain.

Basketball

With two games left in the Three Rivers League season. Their record of 7 win's and 5 losses reflects the resiliency and the grit of the Blues as well as the determination of the rest of the TRL to earn a playoff berth to the state tournament.

At St. Mary’s fourth-annual Pink Out Night contest versus Tigard on February 14 fans were tested with a nerve-wracking battle. With less than 25 seconds and down by three, the Blues hit a three-point shot, got a deflection on the inbounds and converted making the go-ahead two for the Blues who had to clamp down on the Tigers to keep them from scoring on their final trip down the floor.

The JV and JV2 teams have also been working diligently honing their skills and learning new strategies to find success on the court. Both teams have provided lots of exciting play over the course of the season giving their opponents fits with unrelenting defense and hustle on the court. Most impressive is the camaraderie and support the players have provided for each other over the season and we couldn’t be prouder!

Nordic Ski Racers

Focused on the OISRA Nordic State Races on February 21 and 22, the Blues Nordic ski racers are ready to skate and glide through the Mt. Bachelor Nordic course! The team has been consistently paced by Ella Whitaker, Amelia Leonard, Julianna Smith, Sophie Dorn and Lanie Redder this season. The team made a strong showing on their home course at Teacup Lake in January and again at the OISRA Skiathon at Mt. Hood Meadows homing in on the upcoming season culminating event. We send the team off with our best wishes for firm snow, slick skis and fast times; good Nordic Skiers!

St. Mary's Spring Sport registration is open

St. Mary’s spring sports are just around the corner. Each spring St. Mary’s offers lacrosse, track & field, tennis and golf. Additionally, St. Mary’s offers competitive dragon boat racing as an activity, but the registration is facilitated through the Athletic Department. Practices and tryouts begin March 2, 2020; make sure you/your daughter is registered to attend practices and tryouts. Information and links to facilitate the registration process can be found on the 2020 SMA Spring Sports Registration page of the St. Mary’s website.