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Two Stone Ridge girls competed at USA Diving's National Qualifier Meet/Zones in North Carolina the week of June 26.

Recent graduate Meghan Fennel '17 competed in the 3M Platform and placed 18th. Meghan had one of the most memorable and successful diving careers in Stone Ridge history and her diving career will continue at the Division I level for Lehigh University.

Genevieve Thibodeau '20, a rising sophomore at SR, finished 3rd on Platform, qualifying her to advance straight to the semifinal at the USA Diving National Championships. Additionally, competing on the 3M, Genevieve placed 9th which also qualified her to compete at USA Diving Nationals. She also placed 18th on the 1M.

The USA Diving National Championships will be held at Ohio State in August. Congratulations to both Meghan and Genevieve and everyone at SR wishes them continued success! #goSRgators #GatorStrong


Photo of Genevieve

In June, Lauren Ferridge '19 was chosen to play for the Maryland all-star team that was featured at the Mid-Atlantic Select Side Tournament at Mount St. Mary's. Maryland won their two games: a 36-0 victory over Virginia, and then a 22-19 comeback victory against Pennsylvania after trailing 19-5 at the half. Lauren's coach said she was one of the key players to spark the squad for the comeback. Lauren was also honored to be elected forwards captain by her teammates. Congratulations, Lauren!


Photo: Valerie Connolly. Lauren is in the yellow scrum cap.


Gators One of Two ISL Schools to Finish in Top Four for Three Consecutive Years

Congrats to the Gators for placing third in the 2017 James W. Lewis Trophy (Director's Cup), which is presented annually to the Independent School League (ISL) overall champion for competitive success. As recent as 2014, Stone Ridge finished tenth in the Director's Cup standings. For the past three years, Stone Ridge Athletics has placed third (2015), fourth (2016), and third (2017) in the Director's Cup standings. In fact, Stone Ridge is one of only two schools, the other being Georgetown Visitation, that has placed in the top four for three consecutive years.

According to Stone Ridge Athletic Director Jason McGhee, a lot of emphasis has been placed on competing for the Lewis Cup due to its recognition of all sports. Specifically, no school can finish high in the Lewis Cup standings simply by winning in one, two, or a handful of sports. In order to finish in the top half of the Lewis Cup standings, schools must be competitive in all sports.

During the recent Upper Schools spring sports awards banquet held in May, Mr. McGhee stressed why he has talked about the Lewis Cup so much the past three years, "For any team in any sport to win, each team member must play a pivotal role every day in practice and games regardless of their individual accomplishments. Likewise, to compete for the Lewis Cup, every Stone Ridge team plays a pivotal role regardless of whether they win a championship or not, and as a department we cannot be successful unless every team does their part."

As is often stated in the world of sports, winning championships is hard. Championships win the headlines and are great, but winning directors cups is even harder. At Stone Ridge, we believe when every student-athlete prioritizes team success and accomplishments on each team we will remain one of the tops schools in the ISL and beyond. Congratulations to all the 2016~2017 athletic teams on another very successful year. #goSRgators #GatorStrong

It was an exciting day for Stone Ridge kindergartners as they kicked off a week full of "Field Day" activities. This is the first time that SR kindergartners will have the chance to participate in Field Day activities, which will include parachute games, relays, bean bag tosses and frisbee competitions on Gator Field.

Organized by teachers Lesley Sheldon and Emily Stewart, the activities will allow the kindergartners a taste of what life will be like when they move on to be big first graders.

Field Day at Stone Ridge, officially held next Tuesday, June 6, is a time honored tradition offering students the last opportunity to win points for their Blue and Gold teams. The day includes morning competitions between students, games and food with students' fathers in the afternoon, and a final all-school sports awards celebration at which time the school discovers which team, Blue or Gold, will be victorious for the year.

Super fun! #goSRgators #SRtogether #GatorStrong


For the past three consecutive seasons, the Stone Ridge varsity softball program has competed in the ISL A Division Championship. In 2015, the team was confident, yet, in the end, too young and ultimately overwhelmed by a very strong Episcopal team. The following season in 2016, the talent, experience, and conviction were all there as the team ended the regular season as co-champions, suffering only one defeat and breezing through the playoffs. The team played a near perfect game against St. Stephens & St. Agnes only to lose a heartbreaker 3-2.

With a lot of key members of the team returning, 2017 clearly seemed like the year the team would finally break through. As is the case in sports, you don't win on paper and you have to play the games! Opponents had a different belief, and heading into the final game of the regular season, which was senior day, the team was one game under .500, and postseason success appeared impossible. However, despite mix ups with start times, something special happened to this team. In fact, it had been evident all season that the talent and potential was there, but not until about the 4th inning of that game against Madeira did everything come together and "click." After battling for the first four innings, the game ended with the Gators winning 16-6. The team clearly found its groove--it found its swagger, and that mojo visibly continued during the quarterfinal playoff game with a win, 18-1.

Next up in the semi-final game this past Saturday was first-seed and regular season champion Episcopal. The champs came into the game with an undefeated regular season record, a relatively easy defeat of the Gators earlier in the season, a dominant pitcher, and by all accounts appeared unstoppable. The Gators had different plans, and overcame not only incredible odds, but showed incredible character and grit pulling out an exciting 7-6 win that no one other than themselves ever gave them a chance to win.

In the championship on Sunday, it was clear the team was not going to lose a third straight final, easily defeating GDS 16-7. GDS certainly didn't make it easy for the first 5 innings, but the Gators broke the game open in the 6th and never looked back. The senior trio of Grace Heming, Maddie Bryant, and Landry Werth provided the perfect leadership and experience for a team that was well-balanced in each class with juniors Carly Page, Cate Willing, Ciara Collins, sophomores Catherine Heming, Mel Pane, Addi Poole, Meaghan Carey, Genevieve Lange, and freshman Katherine Pane.

Congratulations, Gators, on your championship! #goSRgators #GatorStrong #SRtogether


Megan Fennell '17 competed in the 16-18 Girls age group on the 1 and 3 meter boards. She finished 6th on 3M and 16th on 1M, qualifying to compete in the 3M at the Zone Championships. Genevieve Thibodeau '20 competed in the 14-15 Girls age group on 1 and 3 meter boards and platform. She finished 8th on platform, 5th on 3M and 6th on 1M boards and qualified to compete on all three boards at the Zones Championships. The Zone Championships will be at the end of June. If Megan and Genevieve do well here, they would move on to the USA Diving Summer National Championships. Good luck to our Stone Ridge Girls! #GoSRGators

Former Villanova basketball player and SR alumna, Susan Stroud '76 entered the gym of her Alma Mater last week to watch her niece, Grade 8 basketball player Colleen Stroud, play in her Middle School basketball game. Colleen is excited to follow in the footsteps of her aunt and will always share this special bond as Sacred Heart basketball players. Go Gators!

 

 

Despite the cold, the SR Equestrian Team had another great competition this December!
Charlotte MacBride '20 won 3rd and 4th place in her flat classes and 1st in her jumping class in the Varsity Intermediate Division. Casey White '21 won a 6th in her flat class and 3rd in her jumping class in a HUGE class at the JV Novice Division. 
Congratulations to all the SR riders. #goSRgators #SRtogether #GatorStrong




Score: 2-0 (W)

Gators of the Match: Emma Dorsey '21 and Tara Mulholland '22

Highlight: The Gators dominated behind the service line. Dorsey led the Gators with 22 serves in a row in the first set. Mulholland served 16 in a row in the second. 

Record: 1-1

Next Match: Home vs. Flint Hill on Wednesday, October 5 at 3:00 pm. 

The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) announced the 2016-2017 finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program. In total, PCA received more than 3200 applications and more than 6600 references. Stone Ridge had three finalists, the most of any school in the country. Representing SR was Kathryn Maloney '17, Kathryn Paravano '17, and Katie Brewer '17. Only 72 out of more than 3200 nationwide were chosen for this extremely competitive award. Katie Brewer was one of the 4 in the Mid-Atlantic/DC Region to be selected. 

Athletic Director Jason McGhee said, "When I arrived to Stone Ridge over two years ago, Katie was one of the first student athletes I met. She was eager to share an idea for "captains" practices. She wanted to improve individually, and yet she wanted her team to improve more. Katie showed exceptional leadership and reflected the triple impact competitor model of how to make yourself better, how to make your team better, and how to make the game better. This leadership made a positive impression on me, and Katie has continued to impress me ever since."

Congratulations to Katie Brewer for winning the PCA scholarship and to our other SR finalists! #goSRgators #GatorStrong