Pelicans of the Week
Congratulations to these student athletes for being named Pelicans of the Week by their coaches! The honor is given to students who stand out on the playing field as well as to those who act as excellent teammates.
Girls JV Squash
Sophomore Ava Greenbaum
Providing our only win against Deerfield on Saturday, Ava displayed excellent physical and mental tenacity. Especially impressive was Ava's coachability during the match, as noticed by her coach and by teammate junior Portia Inzone, who gave Ava advice between games. Adjusting her technique to hit higher and deeper shots, Ava pressed her opponent's weaker backhand volleys, earning a victory for her efforts.
Girls Varsity Squash
Junior Emily Lent
Emily had a great week for the Loomis girls squash program. In our match on Wednesday, Emily won a decisive 3-0 victory, conceding only five points. She followed up her victory by playing the top seed from Deerfield's JV program, one of the strongest girls programs in New England. Emily played her best squash of the season, taking a game from the No. 1 girl. Her play is a direct result of her making the most of practice, where she is improving her play on a daily basis. We are excited to see in her action this Wednesday against Suffield.
Boys JV Ice Hockey
Sophomore Kyle Becker
In three games so far this year, Kyle is averaging at least two points a game. Against Choate he scored the team's only two goals, scored two more against Pomfret, and had a goal and two assists against Williston. Not only has his production been impressive, but Kyle works hard at every practice and competes every day in order to get better. For his hard work, for his production, and for being a great teammate, he earned the team's Hard Hat after the Pomfret game. Congratulations, Kyle, for an awesome week. The team looks forward to your continued efforts and leadership throughout the season.
Boys Varsity Ice Hockey
Junior Alex Krause
For his efforts on the ice, in the locker room, and on campus, Alex won our weekly "Cultural Hero" award last week. In representing our team culture, Alex won the opportunity to "sweep the sheds" — to take care of our locker room and making sure every detail is in order. Alex's pride in the daily details has translated to positive leadership, solid play, and an important role in establishing a standard of excellence. Keep up the great work, Alex!
Boys Swimming and Diving
Senior captains Jaden Rismay and C.J. Owen
When Jaden joined us as a sophomore, he burst onto the New England prep swim scene as a promising breaststroker and individual-medley swimmer. In the meantime, he has developed into one of the Pelicans' speediest freestylers. Jaden's perma-smile, a symbol of his unfailing optimism, along with his quiet intensity, has inspired his teammates to stretch their limits in training and in competition. We wish Jaden a terrific year as leader of the Loomis finmen!
C.J., meanwhile, the sole four-year veteran among the boy swimmers, has consistently demonstrated his versatility throughout the Loomis line-up, having swum nearly event on the schedule. His near-perfect freestyle and backstroke technique make him a natural in those events, but he has posted impressive results in the butterfly and IM as well. A fierce competitor who focuses on mastering the important details of every start, stroke, and turn, C.J. has been an encouraging and supportive teammate since day one on this team. Like Jaden, he is destined for a superb climax to his high school swimming career.
Girls JV Basketball
Junior Becca Yen
This week we recognize Becca for her hard work, determination, and improvement. Brand new to the sport of basketball, Becca tried out for the JV basketball team because she wanted to try something new, get exercise, and be part of a team this term. We are so glad she did! Becca played in her first game on Saturday and contributed to our 21-12 victory over Andover. In practice, Becca has pushed herself in all drills and worked just as hard when conditioning. She has listened to suggestions and made appropriate adjustments in her play. Becca is a defensive dynamo and will be a valuable secret weapon for us as she forces her opponents to make turnovers and always emerges with the ball. Becca has been a standout this week for her tough, aggressive approach to defense; for her improvement in offense; and for the humor and positive attitude she brings to the court each day.
Sophomore Haven Low
After somewhat of a slow start to the season this fall, Haven gradually started gaining consistency over the last few horse shows. In the show at Mystic this weekend, Haven needed to be first or second over fences and finish in the top three on the flat in order to qualify for Regionals. Despite that added pressure, Haven delivered two very impressive rides to finish in first and second place, qualifying for postseason competition in both divisions! Just as she's done all year, Haven was incredibly supportive of her teammates throughout the rest of the day. We're looking forward to seeing Haven continue to work hard in practice in preparation for Regionals towards the end of the term.
Boys III Basketball
Junior Roy Lam
When Roy came to Loomis Chaffee as a freshman, he had played relatively little basketball. Although he did not make the squad that year, he stayed with the team as a practice player and manager. The same happened during his sophomore year. Roy persevered and this year is a very deserving full-fledged member of the squad. He debuted on Saturday at the Deerfield playday and more than held his own. Well done, Roy!