This weeks athlete of the week is Gabby Owens '19 from the varsity soccer team.
Owens '19 is the type of player that practices as she plays, fully committed with intensity and a desire to win. On the field, she throws herself in front of anything and is fearless in the air at both ends of the field. As well as contributing to 16 shutouts in 19 games she has also contributed 5 goals, 3 of which were game-winning goals, which is a fantastic return from a central defender. Great leaders don't set up to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. Owens makes that difference!
This week's athletes of the week are Alyssa Landry '19 and Sarah Zukowski '19 from JV Soccer.
Landry '19 and Zukowski '19 have demonstrated poise and leadership in the midst of a demanding schedule to close out their season. Both athletes have set up their team for a great finish with their execution of play and communication on the field. They helped JV soccer reach three great victories in this last week. Landry '19 was hungry to make her mark on the back of the net solidifying our wins with two game-winning goals and three amazing finishes. Zukowski '19 has been a solid force for our back line working to organize and support our defensive efforts with her skill and composure on the ball. This week, she lead our defense to three shutout games. Both athletes have come a long way developing skill and demonstrating a pure love for the game.
Congratulations to Alyssa Landry ‘19 and Sarah Zukowski ‘19 on an amazing four years, an incredible senior season and being this week's athletes of the week!
This weeks athlete of the week is Alex Poole '20 from varsity cross country.
This past Saturday, the Cross Country team traveled to Westminster to take on Ethel Walker and Westminster. With the team's hard work and constant support of one another, they were able to bring home two W's. Despite the great teamwork, Alex Poole '20 had yet another outstanding performance. Not only is she our first place runner, but she is also often first place or at least top five overall at meets. Poole '20 finished first overall in the race on Saturday and beat the second place runner by 30 seconds.
This week's athletes of the week are Lucy Taglich '19 from varsity volleyball and Maddie Guilmartin '21 from junior-varsity volleyball.
Lucy Taglich '19 played a pivotal role in varsity volleyball's win over the previously undefeated Greenwich Academy on Saturday. Coming off an injury, she had her best game yet at the middle position, providing the team with multiple blocks and kills. The most important play came during the fourth set, as Greenwich tried to mount a comeback. With a block from Taglich '19, the momentum shifted and Porter's capitalized to take the win. Maddie Guilmartin '21 played the best game of her volleyball career so far in a Porter’s uniform on Saturday. She moved around the court like a force of nature, from back to front to side and back again. She consistently flashed to where she could play the ball, but, despite the speed with which she darted, she planted her feet for accurate passes and returns. Her serving was also exceptionally dependable, and she even found her way into the front line from the back on several occasions. Furthermore, she was a vocal presence on the sideline, giving sound advice and encouragement to her teammates. Put simply, she had a complete performance on and off the court.
Congratulations on athlete of the week, Lucy Taglich and Maddie Guilmartin.
This week's athletes of the week are Amy Wang '21 from cross country and Emily Homiller '19 from equestrian.
Amy Wang '21 played a crucial role in the cross country teams third place finish this past Saturday at the Gordy Glover Invitational. Wang '21 came in with a time of 24:11, a personal record for her by almost a minute, and in the last 100 meters edged out a Sacred Heart runner, beating her by less than four seconds. Porter's ended up beating Sacred Heart by one point.
Emily Homiller '19 had a great showing at this year's first home show at Avon Valley Show Stables. Homiller '19 earned second place in varsity open equitation on the flat and third place in the varsity open equitation over fences at 2'6" for a total of nine team points. Throughout the season she had demonstrated great leadership qualities and is a great role model to her teammates.
Congratulations on athletes of the week, Amy Wang '21 and Emily Homiller '19.
This week's athletes of the week are Sara Park '19 from varsity badminton and Amelia Zhao '19 from cross country.
Sara Park '19 has shown much determination this semester to improve her technique, her skill set, and her focus. Despite some tough games this season, Park '19 has played with intelligence and strength, not once losing her nerve or concentration. When she lost to a more experienced player from East Hartford, she came back stronger, learning from her opponent and herself. She is a positive role model for the rest of the Badminton team and she brings a great energy to every practice.
Amelia Zhao '19 has been a persistent and hardworking member of the team for four years now. Now, as a captain, her intrinsic drive provides motivation and encouragement to her fellow teammates. She is always ready to do one more hill, lead us all in a sun salutation at the end of practice, or to do an extra workout after a tough workout in the rain. Her team looks up to her and she is an inspiration to us all.
Congratulations to this week's athletes of the week, Sara Park '19 and Amelia Zhao '19.
This weeks athlete of the week is Carlyn Kosienski '19 from varsity soccer. Kosienski '19 is an individual that always puts other people first, she always works hard and is a great example of persistence in sport. Defenders hate playing against her because of her strength, skill, and determination to succeed...which she usually does. Kosienski '19 scores one type of goal...and it usually is a spectacular one. This past week she has scored 4 goals in 2 games leading the front line with class and consistency. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up"...Congratulations on athlete of the week, Carlyn.
This week's athlete of the week is Melina Belenardo '20 from the varsity field hockey team. Belenardo '20 had an amazing week with several goals and assists in the first few games of the season. She knocked in 2 goals in the win over Cheshire Academy and earned a hat trick with three goals in the win over Kingswood-Oxford. On Saturday, against Wilbraham and Monson, Belenardo '20 assisted on the first goal of the game, and she consistently pressured the goalie and kept the ball in the circle to score. Her offensive speed and skill with the ball and her strong work ethic and intensity have helped the Porter's field hockey team get off to a positive start this season! Congratulations on athlete of the week, Melina.
In the fall of 2018, Porter's will welcome two new faculty members who will also be taking over varsity athletic programs. We could not be more excited to welcome these game-changing coaches and educators to our community!
This week’s athlete of the week is Isabella Heath '20 from the varsity track & field team. Heath '20 is someone who leads by example on a daily basis, she has an extraordinary work ethic and always gives 110% in practice and in competition. She has a positive and respectful attitude and she is always supportive of her teammates. Her focus and drive have paid off this season with weekly personal bests in both the 200 meters and the 100-meter hurdles. Heath '20 is the leading scorer on the Porter’s Track & Field team earning 4 first place finishes, 1 second place finish and 1 third place finish in her individual events as well as anchoring a successful 4x100 meter relay team. This past Saturday, in a quad meet with a competitive field from Williston Northampton, Westminster and Hopkins, Heath '20 finished 1st place in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 200 meters. In the process, Heath '20 broke the Porter's school record for the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17 seconds. Congratulations on athlete of the week, Isabella.
Porter's varsity swimming and diving team earned second place at the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council’s Division II Championships, held Saturday, March 3 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
This week’s athlete of the week is Sarah Wagner '20 from the varsity squash team. Wagner '20 defeated her Ethel Walker opponent in three games on Monday, earning the only point for Porter’s Squash. On Wednesday, while Hotchkiss was just too strong for most of the Porter's players, she went five games with her Hotchkiss opponent and gave spectators a fun, competitive match to watch. This past weekend she Won Flight 7 at Division B New England’s. She defeated her Loomis-Chaffee opponent in her first match and the #3 seed from Moses Brown in her second match. On the second day, she defeated the #2 seed from Dana Hall and won her bracket by beating the #1 seed from Westminster. Congratulations on athlete of the week, Sarah.
On Saturday, February 24, Porter’s varsity swimming and diving team competed in the 10th annual Founders League Championship, held at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, and ended the season with a fourth place finish.
This weeks athlete of the week is Ella Warner '20 from the Varsity Swimming and Diving team. Warner '20 has worked very hard this season in becoming the best diver she can be. She approaches each practice with the mindset of giving her all and that showed this past Saturday in the meet against Hopkins and Westminster. Warner '20 broke the Porter's varsity diving record with a score of 215.50, this record has been in place since 2006 held by Rebekah Greer-Carney '07. Congratulations on athlete of the week, Ella.
The U.S. Rowing Women’s National Team has been training on Canal 54 in Fellsmere all week. It is the goal of the young women who made the trip to sunny Eastern Florida to represent the United States at the XXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020.
This weeks athlete of the week is Marjorie Plants '21 from the varsity ski team.
Plants '21 started Friday's slalom race at the back of the field, 52nd out of 59 racers. Two of the ruts that had formed were bigger than Plants '21 herself. She aced the first run with a small bobble at the start and then slammed the second run and took off two seconds. Her combined time put her only three hundredths of a second out of second place, finishing 3rd overall (including male and female competitors). Congratulations on athlete of the week, Marjorie.