Spring sports thrive in postseason competition

Three spring sports here at Academy closed out their best seasons in recent history. Both the crew team and track and field team reached the state level of competition this past week and highlighted their lasted successes.  Meanwhile, the softball team played in the region final game on May 1, the first time since 2002 that the team had advanced so far.

The track team competed in its Class 2A state finals on Saturday, April 28, in Jacksonville. Freshman Colleen Doherty placed fifth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200, setting personal best times in both with 5:13 and 11:34 respectively. Junior Ryann McEnany also advanced individually to states, where she leaped to seventh place in the long jump with a jump of 17’7″, breaking her own school record, and placed tenth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.48 seconds. Lastly, the 4×800 relay, composed of sophomores Natalie Hahn, Melissa Mainzer, Cristina Snyder, and Elise Heiman, sprinted to thirteenth place overall with a time of 10:37.

The Jaguar crew team also captured a bounty of honors at this weekend’s State Sweeping Championships in Sarasota. Three boats, the lightweight four, freshman four, and junior four, all earned state championship titles. Additionally, several AHN Rowing Club boats won spaces in the 2012 Nationals regatta in May.

Lastly, the softball team closed out its season after playing in the Class 4A, Region 3 final game. The Jags advanced to this level of the tournament by beating Mulberry and Desoto County in its region quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Stellar performances by pitcher Kayla Maxwell and sluggers Jackie Moreda and Christina Lodato fueled the team to its postseason victories. Though AHN lost its final game to Bishop Verot in a 4-2 heartbreaker, the team had one of its best seasons to date and exceeded preseason expectations by far.

Congratulations to these three sports on their accomplishments in 2012!