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Athletes Win Prizes at Celebration of Excellence

For their contributions to Loomis Chaffee athletics on and off the field, seven athletes received awards on Tuesday, May 23, at the school’s annual Celebration of Excellence.

Seniors Chandler Coe and Aidan Healy received the Frank Grubbs Prize, awarded by a vote of the boys varsity coaches, to “the young man or men in the senior class whose skill and devotion to sport embodies the ideals of sportsmanship.” The prize was established in memory of former Headmaster Frank Grubbs.

Coe was a varsity contributor on the boys football team, boys basketball team, and baseball team. After graduation, he will attend Texas Tech University, where he will play baseball.

Healy was a captain of the boys varsity ice hockey team and a contributor on the varsity baseball team. He is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy upon graduation and will play baseball for Navy.

Seniors Maggie Johnson and Fiona Murphy received the Barbara W. Erickson Athletic Achievement Award, presented “to the young woman or women in the senior class who, in the judgment of all the coaches of girls varsity sports, best represents the attributes of effort, skill improvement, cooperation, team play, leadership, character, and sportsmanship.” The award is given annually in honor of former Headmistress Barbara W Erickson.

Johnson was a three-sport varsity athlete, competing in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She will attend Princeton University in the fall and play ice hockey there.

Murphy was a member of the varsity field hockey, squash, and lacrosse teams. She will play field hockey at Trinity College next year.

The Outstanding Junior Male Athlete Award was presented to junior Nathan Cobery, a contributing member of the varsity football and varsity lacrosse teams. The annual award, voted upon by the varsity boys coaches, recognizes the young man or men in the junior class “whose achievement in sports best embodies the ideals of the Athletics Department.”

The Outstanding Junior Female Athlete Award went to juniors Jackie Ryckman and Sam Mancini. Voted upon by the varsity girls coaches, the award honors the young woman or women in the junior class “whose achievement is sports best embodies the ideals of the Athletics Department.”

Ryckman is a contributing member of the varsity swimming & diving team and the girls water polo team, and she managed the boys varsity water polo team.

Mancini is a three-sport varsity athlete who competes for the volleyball, basketball, and the track & field teams.


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