Even after suffering a 101-69 defeat to undefeated Convent of the Sacred Heart January 25 at SUNY Purchase, the Holy Child swim team’s sunny disposition remained.
There’s a good reason for that, as the Gryphons are proud of what they accomplished in the pool this season. Holy Child finished the year 5-1 and qualified for several postseason meets.
“The team unity and spirit here is incredible,” said head coach Kerby Lewis. “The girls are always on the side of the pool cheering their teammates as loudly as possible. We had an inkling we would be this successful because of the roster size, but we wouldn’t be here without the hard work and daily improvement.”
Freshman Maddy Simone has been a top swimmer for Holy Child all year, and proved her mettle against CSH with a win in the 500-meter freestyle. She was the favorite in the 200-meter freestyle as well, but was disqualified for a false start. Lewis believes Simone has much room for improvement, and could be a dominant swimmer by her senior year.
Senior captains Christina Bryde and Ashley Ravesloot have acted as the Gryphons’ rudder all season. Samantha Jaile, a senior, is another leader.
“They get the team together on the same page,” said Lewis. “They organize the ‘secret psychers’ where the girls give motivating gifts to each other. It unites us. They were the ones that had everyone smiling after today’s loss.”
The Gryphons have strong underclassmen, including freshman Maeve Potter and sophomores Grace Jordan, Melanie Papatis, whom Lewis called an unsung hero, and Mikaela Fitzwilliam. Lindsey Whalen, a junior, is also a key contributor.
“Mikaela and Lindsey are always willing to volunteer for any event,” said Lewis. “They are hard working and very dedicated to the team.”