The Basketball program at Sacred Heart is on the move! This winter had unprecedented success at all levels and a huge amount of enthusiasm and excitement from the student-athletes, coaches, and community. The Middle School program consisted of four teams between our 6th grade and 7/8th grade programs and the hard work and development of each individual student-athlete, and the level of talent apparent across the board, bodes well for the future of our program.
The JV team placed 2nd overall in the FAA tournament and avenged its loss to #1 finisher St. Luke’s in their final game of the season. They finished with a 10-5-0 season record, and the coaches are confident this group will continue to make an impact in the future as they did this year.
The Varsity program had a historic season, placing 2nd in the FAA Tournament, 3rd overall in the FAA for the regular season, and earning our first-ever invitation to the New England Class A Tournament! The team started off the season with a trip to Orlando, Florida for the KSA Tournament. This trip was a great experience for the team to bond, train together and play in high-level games against different opponents. Not only was the experience impactful, but they came home as tournament CHAMPIONS!
In its second year, our fencing club expanded the number of practices held over the course of the winter. A small but enthusiastic group of students continued to get exposed to this sport. We look forward to expanding this program in the future.
Rowing Winter Training
Our Rowing program held a more formalized winter training program this winter, meeting 5 days a week of training on the ergs (indoor rowing machines), fitness center, yoga studio and more. The coaches were creative in their approach to training and the students rose to the challenge of many hard workouts both rowing-specific and otherwise. The hard work and consistent training will pay off when we hit the water this spring season!
Squash continues to be a popular sport at Sacred Heart Greenwich, with lots of individual and team highlights over the course of the 2018-2019 season. A highlight was certainly our MS A team who finished the season as NATIONAL CHAMPIONS by winning MS Squash Nationals! Congratulations again to those players and coaches. The B team qualified for Division I at MS Nationals, and finished 14 out of 16 teams; a great finish for this group. All three MS teams had winning seasons, and a number of MS students participated in our instructional squash program as well.
The Upper School squash program also included three teams, all of which finished with winning seasons. The JV team qualified for Division 4 at US Squash Nationals for the second year in a row, finishing a program high of 10th place (5 places higher than last year). This was the second year in a row that the Varsity team qualified for Division I at US Nationals, tying our best-ever finish of 14th (beating our seed of 15 heading into the tournament). The Varsity team finished 6th (out of 16) at New Englands, again tied for our best team finish. This was especially impressive as the team was playing down two players due to injury. The players at New Englands posted the following individual finishes: 3rd at #2, 4th at #4, 6th at #5, 7th at #6, and 4th at #7.
Swimming and Diving
The Diving program completed a strong season with a regular season record of 5-1-0, divers placing 4-8th at the FAA Championships, and two of our divers finishing 10th and 15th at New Englands. The move to the Greenwich YMCA was an effective one; congrats to all the divers and coach on a great winter.
Swimming capped off a great season at the New England Division I Championships this past weekend at Deerfield Academy with a 10th place team finish, moving up a spot from last year. New Englands also brought a number of top individual finishes, A Final qualifiers, and a school record in the 200 Freestyle from Catherine Hamilton ’19. The team finished 3rd at the FAA Championships, posting 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes in individual and relay events. Some highlights from the season include defeating Loomis Chaffee for the first time in 9 years, setting four pool records in December in our meet vs CSH 91st Street, and winning the Horace Mann Invitational in January. The team also competed at the National Catholic Championships for the first time in Maryland. This will be a great meet for the swimmers and divers to attend in future years!
We are looking forward to the Spring 2019 season with preseason already underway! Please check the Athletics website for the competition schedule. We hope to see you supporting our student-athletes on the field, water, in the pool, on the golf course, track, and on the tennis courts. Our Tiger Days are scheduled for April 3 and April 27th. See you there cheering on the Tigers!
Thank you for your support of our student-athletes and athletic programs.
Director of Athletics
Sacred Heart Greenwich