FIRST LEWIS CUP TROPHY IN SCHOOL HISTORY ONLY TELLS HALF THE STORY
Since arriving in the Upper School during the 2014-2015 academic year, the Class of 2018 has helped establish the foundation for the "Stone Ridge Way" culture. It certainly didn't hurt that there was a great role model senior named Katie Ledecky '15. The eager freshmen got a front row seat to one of the world's greatest athletes to not only model the excellence they all aspired to achieve, but more importantly help them reimagine what all SR student-athletes could achieve. When Athletic Director Jason McGhee asked who will be the next Katie Ledecky, the Class of 2018 knew exactly what he meant. The class of 2018 embraced the Gator Strong mantra and every girl was the very best they could be.
The results have been historic. They've had the best four-year run in school history in all sports being one of only two schools in the ISL to finish four consecutive years in the top four of the Lewis Cup standings, and this year they've had the most athletically successful year in school history culminating with the School's first ever Lewis Cup Championship, the ISL's most prestigious award given annually to the League's overall athletic champion. In short, when the class of 2018 graduates they will be able to look back with pride at the standards and expectations they raised on and off the field.
This entire group of seniors has helped reimagine what being an SR student-athlete could be and what SR team's could achieve. As the Positive Coaching Alliance's (PCA) Triple-Impact Competitor model encourages, they have taken advantage of every opportunity presented to make themselves better, make their team and teammates better, and honoring the sports they competed in. They have given us championship level performances measured by all teams and individuals simply doing their personal best.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway is they have not been afraid to fail, and they did a lot, but that is why they've had the success they've had, by not being complacent or accepting mediocrity. By doing so they rebranded SR as one of the most well rounded, competitive, and strongest athletic departments in the DMV. If the SR WAY culture persists, specifically the foundation and groundwork laid by the Class of 2018, future results will always make us proud.
What was already well known throughout the DMV was the commitment of the school to academic excellence along with the Sacred Heart's 5 Goals & Criteria that our girls reflect whenever they take the field, and that will remain an integral part of the brand.
They dreamed BIG, believing, acting and planning, and they put in the work! Please enjoy some of the historic results from this year below. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! #GatorStrong
- Cross Country tied for 1st in the ISL Championship, and won the MD Private School State Championships. Cross Country had previously never finished above 5th for the ISL championships.
- Soccer had consecutive seasons in the ISL AA division, and this year's team competed in the AA championship for the 1st time since 2003.
- Field Hockey has gone 25-6 in the past two years appearing in back to back ISL championships, and also finished 2nd overall for two consecutive years, both program firsts.
- Ice Hockey lost one regular season and one post season, both losses to eventual champion Archbishop Spalding. Appeared in the MAGHL championship for the 1st time in program history.
- Swimming & Diving finished 2nd in the ISL Championships, their highest finish since 2013. Additionally the team finished 2nd at the National Catholics High School Swim & Dive Championships and 3rd at the Metro DMV Swim & Dive Championships, both we believe are the highest in program history.
- Lacrosse finished 3rd overall in the ISL AA division despite three nationally and locally ranked teams. The program defeated nationally and regionally ranked teams including Holton & Hockaday (TX) and received their 1st Washington Post top 10 ranking since 2007.
- Track & Field finished 3rd overall in the ISL Championships, their highest finish in school history. Further, the team broke 4 school records including the discus, high jump, 1600, and the 4X800 relay. Further, in 13 out of 16 championship events, members of this year's team finished in the top 5 all time in SR track & field history.
- Independent School League (ISL) Lewis Cup Championship, finishing 1st out of 16 schools for the first time in School history.