Fall Sports Recap
November 6, 2020
After an incredible season, all three of Academy’s fall sports teams will be moving forward in their leagues. Cross country will be going to regionals on Nov. 6, swim and dive will be going to regionals on Nov. 7, and volleyball will be going to state semifinals on Nov. 7.
AHN’s varsity volleyball team has had an impressive season. With six wins and only two losses, the volleyball team will be advancing to the state semifinals on Nov. 7 to play against Bishop Kenny. On Saturday Oct. 31, the varsity volleyball team won the regionals game against Weeki Wachee in a 3 set sweep.
Camille McClendon (‘23) said, “During this season, we’ve had our ups and downs, but most importantly we got much closer. I think the bond that we share helps how we play on the court, and because of that we are two time winning district and regional champions. Our team is mostly young, and filled with sophomores. I’m excited to see what the future holds for our team.”
Our 4A-District 7 champions! Congrats to our girls and coaches on their 3 set sweep this evening over Tarpon Springs. Let’s keep this thing rolling- GO JAGS!! @holynamestpa @Biggamebobby @HSSportsFL pic.twitter.com/FZeYRqUjEa
— Kevin Vargas (@HolyNamesAD) October 16, 2020
After winning the Tampa Swim Classic, swim and dive competed in districts on Oct. 31, where they won all three relays, four out of nine individual events, and every simmer and two divers qualified for regionals. Some swimmers who placed include Sara O’Connor (‘23) placed 2nd in the 100 and 100 freestyle, Katherine Petitt (‘23) and Ashlin Cannella (‘24) both placed in the 100 fly, Cassidy Neely (‘21) won first place in the 500 freestyle, Ava Zaritsky (‘21) won first place in the 500 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay team won 1st place.
“We had districts on Halloween, where we competed against around seven schools for the district championship. We won 347 points ahead of the second place school, making this our 13th consecutive [district] win. Although it was really cold the morning of, all of our swimmers swam really well to give us the win,” said Sara O’Connor (‘23).
Swim and dive will be going to regionals on Nov. 7 in St. Petersburg, and are hoping to make it to the state on Nov. 14, both of which can be viewed through a livestream on the AHN website.
On Saturday Oct. 31, the cross country team competed in districts where the team placed first over all with the top times, from AHN, Maddie MacDiarmid (‘21) with a time of 20:35 and Maddie Rodriguez (‘21) with a time of 21:06, both placing in the top 10, Abigail Chudzinski (‘23) with a time of 21:17, placing 11th overall, and Rachael Petrarca (‘21) with a time of 21:42. Cross country will be going to regionals on Nov. 6 at Sand Hill Boy Scout.
“We have had a strong season so far- although things have been different because of COVID. We ran in 4 regular season meets and last weekend we competed at Districts at Clearwater Central Catholic. We came in third behind Calvary Christian, 1st, and Berkeley Prep, 2nd,” said History Teacher and Cross Country Coach Stacy Filocco.
As the teams advance further, their Academy sisters will be cheering them on and hoping they continue their great seasons.