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Holton-Arms Winter Sports Teams Post Strong Showing

Holton-Arms Winter Sports Teams Post Strong Showing
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The winter months are sometimes referred to as the doldrums, but Holton athletes attacked them with a competitive drive and team spirit that turned those doldrums into winning ways. 

Varsity Swim and Dive Team

The 2023-24 winter sports season will be remembered with great Panther pride by the Holton-Arms Varsity Swim and Dive Team. The team capped off a strong regular season by winning the coveted Independent School League (ISL) Championships and then followed that big accomplishment by winning their third consecutive Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League Championship (WMPSSDL championship)! Holton Swim and Dive Team Coach Malena Lair-Ferrari attributes the depth of talent spread out among the team as one of the reasons the Panthers were able to capture both titles. 

Varsity Indoor Track and Field

There is much to celebrate for the Holton-Arms Indoor Track and Field Team, both as a group and as individuals. First, congratulations to the entire team for a second-place finish at the Montgomery County Championships.  

Elise Attiogbe ‘25 had a stellar indoor track season. She set a school record in the 800m earlier this year, and then broke her own record towards the end of the season. Her time ranks her #2 in the ISL (Independent School League) and #19 in the state of Maryland. Elise also broke the school record in the 500m and currently ranks #5 in the ISL for this event. She also set the school record for the 1000m and holds a 7th-place ranking in the state of Maryland in this event.

The 4x400m relay team also broke records this season. The relay team of Ellee Gillespie 26, Elise Attiogbe ‘25, Kendall Frederick ‘24, and Leela Cohen25 set a new school record in the 4x400m relay earlier this year that they have since broken, setting a time that currently ranks them #2 in the ISL.

“The culture we are building on this team is centered around a love for the sport, commitment to one another, and character building,” shared Coach Tamaka Jameson. “I am not surprised by the amount of records that have been broken this year. It’s a true testament to the hard work that takes place day in and day out. We all know this sport can be very unforgiving, but if you allow it, it can teach you a lot of things that become useful in life, like how to lose with grace and how to be dedicated to the thought of possibly getting the same outcome the next year. But the biggest lesson it teaches is how to keep pushing forward regardless of the unknown because any day can be ‘the’ day, but if you give up, it just simply won’t be. I am incredibly proud of how each student-athlete has represented Holton Track and Field and look forward to what is to come in the spring.”

Varsity Ice Hockey

The Varsity Ice Hockey team captured the A Division MAGHL (Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League) Championship this year. The team, captained by Eleanor Cooper ‘24, Isabella Evans ‘24, and Elizabeth Farland ‘25, faced Bishop O’Connell in the finals. After losing to them twice in the regular season, the Panthers skated hard and won in a thrilling overtime victory! This is Holton’s first Varsity MAGHL championship win in a long time. The Varsity team has a significant number of freshmen which bodes well for an exciting and talented future. 

Other highlights from the Ice Hockey season:

  • Goalie Clara Tice ‘27 had 117 saves for an 83% save average

  • Elyse Harris ‘27 played in 8 games and had 17 goals, 3 assists, and 20 points, earning her the 5th spot in the league for points

  • The team is coached by two former Holton hockey athletes: Emily Wilde ‘09 and Jessie Thompson ‘11 

Middle School Swim Team

Not to be outdone by the Upper School swimmers, the members of the MS Swim Team brought home the Washington Metropolitan Middle School Swim Championships. They were proud to reclaim the title that they last earned before the Covid pandemic. There was much to celebrate during the championship including several record-breaking performances.

Kelly Ji ‘28, Luana Rabah ‘28, Elie Thomas ‘29, and Hannah Wexler ‘29 were quite the powerful Panther relay team. In the 200m medley relay, they set not only a new school record, but also a new meet record. They continued their winning ways by also setting a new school record in the 200m freestyle relay.

Other impressive swims were turned in by Ellie Thomas ‘29 who set a new school record in the 50m backstroke and by Kelly Ji ‘28 in two freestyle events. Kelly set a school record in the 100m freestyle earlier this season and then broke it again at the championships. She also posted a new school record in the 50m freestyle.

Congratulations to all the members of the championship Holton winter sports teams!

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