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Spring sports roundup: Titles, records, and promise

Santa Catalina School’s spring sports season was marked by league and regional championships, two new school records, and a lot of promise for the years to come.

A Santa Catalina School lacrosse player runs with the ball.

Lacrosse

For the first time in the team’s history, lacrosse played its home games at Catalina. The Cougars finished the season in fifth place with a 2-8 record in the Gabilan Division of the Pacific Coast Athletic League (PCAL). “Our record does not tell the story,” said Coach Susanna Wilcox. “In a rebuilding year, we ended each week better than the last. We played each team twice, and were closer to a ‘W’ in every second game. We were positive, supportive, and mentally tough. I am proud of this group.” Fia Enea ’23 and Harriet Meyer ’23 were the team’s top scorers, and Cailin Templeman ’22 was a strong presence in goal. Cailin was named First Team All-League, Fia was named Second Team All-League, and Georgia Meyer ’22 was named to the Sportsmanship Team.

A Santa Catalina School softball player runs toward first base. The catcher has thrown the ball.

Softball

Softball competed in the PCAL Mission Division, which saw three teams win Central Coast Section (CCS) championships and one win state. Despite fielding several brand new players, the Cougars gave those teams a challenge, coming within one or two runs in several games. The team finished with an 0-12 record. “Our core of five talented players was not quite enough to overcome our inexperience in games,” said Athletic Director Paul Elliott. “I am very proud of the veterans for their leadership and proud of the newcomers for their push toward improvement.” Riley Neikirk ’23 kept improving on the mound, and Savannah Nicholas ’23 and Savannah Hardy ’25 and were reliable at bat. Cora Derbin ’24 was named to the Sportsmanship Team.

A Santa Catalina School swimmer in the pool high fives a teammate on the deck.

Swimming

Swimming faced a challenge competing in the highest division of the PCAL, with eight swimmers making up the smallest varsity team to date. Still, the Cougars managed to finish only seven points behind fourth place at the league championships. They ended the season with an 0-7 record. “Each swimmer continued to improve their times throughout the season, which makes it a huge success,” said Coach Randy Whitchurch. Eleanor Song ’24 broke the school record in the 100-meter backstroke—twice. In a meet against Hollister on April 22, her winning time of 1:03.90 broke the previous Catalina record (1:04.40) set by Kate Bryan Sedano ’02 in 2001. Then, in the PCAL championships the following week, she beat her own record time at 1:02.46. She was named First Team All-League.

A Santa Catalina School track and field athlete jumps in the air over a sand pit.

Track and Field

Track and field won its seventh league title, and Juliette Kosmont ’23 won the Central Coast Section championship in the 100-meter dash (12.1 seconds). Seven athletes were named First Team All-League, a remarkable accomplishment given that 20 of the 23 members of the team competed in track and field for the first time. “The students worked hard all season and really bonded as a team,” said Coach Barry Panes. “Winning the league title was extremely rewarding.”

At the PCAL Cypress Division Championships, Juliette set a new school record in the 100m (12.01), topping the previous record of 12.09 set by Mikayla Revera ’17 in 2015. She claimed the league title in the 100m, 200m, and long jump. She also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team, along with Nadia Aligawesa ’23, Mary Watson ’25, and younger sister Anna Kosmont ’25. Nadia claimed the league title in the shot put and triple jump, and Mary added a win in the high jump. Heidi Green ’25 (800m), Audrey Morrison ’23 (3,200m), and Kate Romans ’23 (high jump) were also among the top of the PCAL.

Nadia joined Juliette at the CCS championships, finishing 11th in shot put. Juliette advanced to the state championships, where she finished eighth in the 100m and broke her own school record with a time of 11.95.

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