Dragon Boat – 2016 Olympia Race Report
Tom Crowder, SMA Head Dragon Boat Coach
On April 30 the St. Mary’s Academy Dragon Boat Team had its first competition of the season at the St. Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival in Olympia, Washington. This year we took two full teams, with each team having six experienced paddlers and 14 new paddlers, and competing in the 15-team women’s division. The competition was an unparalleled success for the teams. In the first round of competition Team 1 finished 2nd in their heat with a time of 1:21.66, and Team 2 finished 4th in their heat with a time of 1:23.75.
After some major adjustments in the stroke rate for the second round, the times improved for both teams. In the first heat Team 2 placed second, with a time of 1:15.40, an eight second improvement. Team 1 finished first in their heat with a time of 1:14.83, a six second improvement. In the semi-final round both teams finished third in their respective heats with times in 1:14 range, but did not advance to the final.
Cassie Allen and Kara D’Ascenzo were the drummers and Bridget Dean and Becky Summit were the steerspersons. The performance by these teams was extraordinary, the best of all the years we have attended this event. Two first places, two second places, and two third places isn’t bad for our first event of the season.
A big thanks goes out to Nicole Davis for arranging the drivers, all the drivers and parents who helped out at the event. Kudos to all of the team members for their hard work during the last four weeks – it really paid off. It was a real team effort!
Anna Maria Lopez, Athletic Director ‘78
As the defending 6A girl’s state girls’ golf champions the Blues have worked diligently to earn a berth in the OSAA State Tournament later this month. Team captains McKenna Vanko and Kailan Mink have paced the team who finished third in the Three Rivers League this season qualifying for the regional playoffs. The team will need to finish first or second to advance to the state tournament later this month at Quail Valley Golf Course. Freshman Alex Tomita, junior Kenzie Fedota, and senior Eloise Arnot have stepped up to complete the varsity line-up for SMA.
Playing among the top teams in the state all season in the powerhouse Three Rivers League, the Blues like their chances to go big at the end of the season. Wish them luck!
Building on the lessons from last season, the Blues lacrosse team has continued to focus on stick skills, game strategies and teamwork. Their efforts have paid off as the team recently qualified for a spot in the upcoming 2016 Oregon Girl’s Lacrosse Association (OGLA) state playoffs beginning in mid-May. The team’s relentless spirit and commitment to improve has been a key to their success, as well as building strong unity among the players. Head coach Holly Ziegler and assistant Colleen O’Donnell have high hopes that after playing through an incredibly strong league schedule, the Blues will be well-prepared for any and all challenges they will face in the playoffs. Check out the SMA Sports Calendar for more information on playoff match dates, times, and locations, then come out and cheer on the Blues!
SMA’s JV lacrosse team is currently 12-3, defining themselves as one of the strongest JV squads in the Three Rivers League. Coming into the season with strong stick skills, the players have provided coaches Reniera Eddy and Maryann Concannon with multiple options for successful line-ups combinations and strategies for success. With four seniors graduating from this year’s varsity squad, it is great to know that there will be strong talent coming up from the JV team to fill those shoes.
The Blues finished regular season competition with a record of 7-4-1 and .500 in Three Rivers League play. First year head coach Brian Quisling has been impressed by the intensity of play shown by his team veterans, as well as the strong play of the team newcomers. The JV Blues have also improved leaps and bounds over the season. Combined, the team notched convincing victories in most of their wins, only losing in sets to Tigard (8-9). Next up for the Blues is the Three Rivers District Tournament, May 9-11 at the Portland Tennis Center in NE Portland. Wish them luck as they take the court to represent our school.
Track and Field
Going into the final weeks of the season, the Blues Track and Field athletes are primed for their respective district meets. The Three Rivers League (TRL) Novice meet showcases the JV athletes and was held at Tigard High School in early May. The Blues sent 40 of their young track stars to culminate their season’s efforts. Check out their results on Athletic.net.
The varsity track athletes will compete at the TRL Varsity District meet on Wednesday, May 11, and Friday, May 13, at Newberg High School. Finishing second in 2015, the Blues are focused on standing on top of the podium this season. The team competed the regular league season with a record of 5-4 in dual meet competition, along with impressive performances in the Wilsonville and Centennial Invitational meets, the Jesuit Twilight Meet, and McMinnville Grizzly Bear Open. Come cheer on the Blues at Newberg during the district meet and watch them sprint, hurdle, vault, jump, and throw their way to the winners stand.
Blues Summer Athletic Camps
This summer St. Mary’s Academy athletic coaches will lead several youth camps and want to invite all aspiring Blues basketball, lacrosse, volleyball and/or soccer players to check out the variety of offerings on our Summer Camp webpage. Online registration is now open for the camps with basketball and volleyball sessions held at St. Mary’s, while soccer and lacrosse will be at Buckman Park. Work on skill development, sport specific strength, and fitness, along with game strategy. Learn from the SMA Blues coaches, current and former players and have a blast!