Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Thursday, May 5, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Pacifica Senior Living - Calaroga Terrace

Home : News : Sports
12/29/2012 2:05:00 PM
Swimming preview: St. Mary's Academy
St. Mary's Academy photo
Maranda Alf-Huynh
St. Mary's Academy photo
Maranda Alf-Huynh
Chelsea Alexander, Maranda Alf-Huynh, Mary Bachman, Lena Breda, Gabby Bruce, Tyler Chase, Victoria Dorsey, Rachel French, Tiegan Fortes, Zakiah Fuller, Lydia Griggs, Laura Gudino, Cece Hall, Sophia Hatzikos, Cameron Herriges, Sophie Hinshaw, Kyla Jones, Rory Kearns, Ashley Kim, Natalie Kowell, Saskia Kuehl, Hannah Landry, Hannah Lang, Stevie Layton, Emma Limbocker, Ida Lindholm, Rebeca Lopez-Bonilla, Sarah Madison, Karen Myers, Jessica Miller, Colleen Murray, Allie Quinn, Beth Ray, Sammi Redder, Olivia Rimmer, Callie Rogers, Cecilia Sahnow, Katie Sullivan, Leina'ala Voss, Arielle Wahba, Julia White, Elizabeth Wiley

The St. Mary’s Academy swim team graduated a number of top swimmers last year.

The list includes Ellena Basada, who held the Mount Hood Conference Swimmer of the Year title two years in a row, and Alexis Perry, a reliably quick backstroker. This year, the swimming Blues will look to senior and co-captain Maranda Alf-Huynh and junior Rory Kearns to lead the team to the OSAA state meet in February.  

The team is large this year: 42 swimmers strong, with many freshmen and sophomores among the ranks.

“The best part about running a team this big is seeing the girls coalesce into a cohesive group by the end of the season,” head coach Jen Brigham said.

Brigham encourages the team captains to lead the squad in cheers and team-building exercises and to set a tone at practice that demands swimmers push themselves while having fun.  

What makes the St. Mary’s swim team different from most sports at the school is that the only requirement to join is a commitment to attend practice, compete in meets and work hard. Consequently, novice swimmers often see significant improvement by the end of the season. It’s not unusual to see a swimmer drop as much as 10 seconds from her 50-yard freestyle between the first and final meets.

For swimmers who join the team with more experience, they too find themselves improving stroke and turn techniques, leading to faster times. Senior and co-captain Sarah Madison is one such example.

“When I started swimming at SMA, I had some experience and was decent. However, over the last three years, my turns have gotten a lot quicker, and my stroke is smoother,” Madison said.

Madison placed in the top 16 in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at last year’s Mount Hood Conference District Championship. She has become a core member of the squad and provides inspiration for the talented freshmen who joined the team this year.  

Other experienced St. Mary’s swimmers such as Sophia Hatzikos, Natalie Kowell, co-captain Karen Myers, Sammi Redder and Cecilia Sahnow will contribute to the team’s depth.

“I’m positive that our returning swimmers, many of whom are great team players, will lead the younger swimmers as we move forward with the season,” Brigham said. “I expect this kind of leadership to foster continued success in the pool.”   

St. Mary's Academy swim meet schedule
Jan. 10 — away vs. Gresham
Jan. 17 — away vs. Reynolds
Jan. 29 — away vs. Central Catholic at Centennial
Jan. 31 — away vs. Centennial


Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved