May 2018 eNewsletter: Athletics

Athletics Update

Save the Date – Spring Sports Recognition Night

We will be celebrating Spring Sports Recognition Night on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm in the Holy Family Event Center. The Athletics Department will be recognizing all student-athletes in Archery, Cheer, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Swim & Dive and Track & Field.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.  

Save the Date – OLP Physical Day

The OLP Athletic Department will be having their annual physical day on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This is an opportunity to get a physical completed here on campus by a physician which will be valid for the entire 2018-2019 school year. We will be sending out more Information on how to register soon. Additionally, we are looking for RN’s and physicians to volunteer, if you are interested in helping, please contact Coach Blackbourn at [email protected].  

Archery

Last month, the Pilots competed in the OAS State Championships. Cat deFrates ‘18, Isa Velarde ‘19 and Lily Lucero ‘18 shot really well throughout the tournament with Lucero winning the State Championship in the girls division

Equestrian

In March, at the RCAHA (Rancho California Arabian Horse Association) horse show in Burbank, team co-captain Jocelyn Moore ‘21 earned a unanimous 1st Place in the Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle class amongst other first place ribbons she earned at this show. In April, the team was visited by two members of the USD collegiate Equestrian Team. They explained how their team is organized and what to expect at college level competitions. On May 5, all team members will be attending the Del Mar National Horse Show and cheering on two of their team members, co-captain Romina Fimbres ‘18 and assistant team captain Veronica Bustamante ‘18 as they compete. Good luck to them both!

Lacrosse

JV: The JV Lacrosse team continues an incredible season with a current 7 game winning streak for a record of 7-2. Isabel Wallace ‘20 and Sophia Fleming ‘19 have stepped up each game to play goalie making incredible saves each game. Captains Amy Hickman ‘20 and Seney Larson Moreno ‘21 continue to be their top scorers alongside Lilly Connelly ‘20 and Chloe James ‘21. They are halfway through their 18 game season, and plan to finish strong in this second half of the season.

Varsity: The Pilots continue to have a strong season and are improving as a team with every game.  In addition to lopsided wins against league opponents Hoover and Lincoln with a combined score of 32-1, they also came up with solid wins against Mt. Carmel (12-8), Serra (14-7), and a come-from-behind win against league opponent Mira Mesa (10-9).  Bailey Gehler ‘19 totals 59 goals and 10 assists, Taly Ferrante ‘21 has 23 goals and 7 assists, Olivia Tubao ‘19 has 5 goals and 6 assists, and Gabby Belsito ‘18 has 17 goals and 2 assists, while Nicole Stepovich ‘19 have been leading our offensive attack. Goalie Janelle Cedillo ‘20 with 88 saves (60% save percentage) so far this season anchors a strong defense lead by Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil ‘20, Emily Elgas ‘18, Teri Gonzalez ‘18, Gabby Dixon ‘19, Chloe Faucher ‘19, and Chrysanthe Frangos ‘21. The #2 ranked Division II Pilots look to finish off strong against their last four opponents before heading into the CIF Playoffs in May.

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball remains undefeated through the Coastal League with a 7-0 record. They will face Mission Bay this Thursday before entering into D2 playoffs in May. Eden Koria ‘19 and Olivia Gastaldo ‘18 represent our top team, followed by Caroline Belmontez ‘19, Olivia DiNapoli ‘19, Kara Cato ‘19, Sara Marty ‘19, Elaina Patterson ‘19, Emma Ferguson ‘19, Jackie Wylie ‘20, Julia Alvarez ‘20, and Ciana Kelly ‘21. They are a hard-working group and hope to reach their first SVA Championship this season!

Softball

Varsity Softball is working hard to accomplish our goal of making it to CIF for the first time at the DII level. We are 2-2 in league and preparing for what’s to come. Captain Marin Musicant ‘18 currently leads the team with a slugging percentage of .653, followed by Captain Kaleigh Lane ‘18 at .595 and Captain Solana Martinez ‘19 at .590. Martinez also leads the team with an on base percentage of .580. On Friday, April 20, the Pilots defeated Christian 7-4 with a grand slam hit by Captain Kelsey Way ‘18 after falling short last year in the quarter finals for CIF which has provided momentum moving into the last 10 games of their season.

Swim & Dive

The Pilots are working hard to finish off strong this season. Their season is finishing up with 17 Varsity swimmers and 10 are moving on to the City Conference League Championships and DII CIF Championships. So far, this year’s highlights include: Aimee Ramirez ‘21 dropping over 6 seconds in her 100 butterfly, Josie Brock ‘20 making her Varsity cut in the 100 breaststroke, Victoria Valdez ‘19 making her Varsity cut in the 200 freestyle, Kat Greene ‘20 dropping over 5 seconds in her 100 freestyle, and Emilia Perez-Rocha ‘18 qualifying for City Conference in the 500 freestyle. Special recognition to Kyla Buss ‘21 and Kaitlyn Coons ‘20 for their noticeable commitment to the team this season.

Track & Field

Track and Field individual season highlights come from Liliana Morales ‘19 who is on a personal record breaking streak and has even crushed the Long Jump school record with a distance of 18 feet and 1.5 inches and the Triple Jump school record with a mark of 36 feet and 7.5 inches where she is currently ranked first in the Eastern League.  OLP’s pole vaulters have made an appearance for the first time since 2002 this year with Yasmeen Konja ‘21 leading the team and clearing the league opening height at 6 feet 6 inches. Vaulting teammates Adriana Carmona ‘19 and Jessica Lindgren ‘18 are just behind her. On the track, the 4×100 consisting of Emily Concepcion ‘21, Lili Morales ‘19, Samantha Carranza ‘18, and Marla Hart ‘19 ran the second fastest time in OLP history with a time of 51.44 seconds in their recent meet against La Jolla and are now ranked third in league. Alex Boren ‘21 and S. Carranza currently rank 4th in the Eastern League for the 3200 meter and 400 meter races respectively. Finally, in an all out battle, event for event, OLP pulled off a win against Serra due to everyone’s participation in each event. This day was truly special because several athletes stepped up to compete in every single event making the win a collaborative team effort.