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Athletic Honors for Student-Athletes
Posted 04/01/2019 09:47PM

Our student-athletes not only excel in their competition but in their academics! Congratulations to our Winter Athletes as it was announced on March 22, 2019 that all 4 of our Varsity teams have been recognized as New York State Public Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Teams, meaning that 75% of each team has an average GPA of 90% or better! The team averages ranged from 95.83 to 98.67!

Congratulations to Lily Flynn '19 who was recognized as the Section 1 Sportsmanship winner at the NY State Championships and then was named as the MileSplit New Balance Indoor Nationals Girls Performer of The Week based on her outstanding performance at the Nationals earning over 52% of the votes! Click HERE to the article on milesplit.com.

Congratulations to Sonia Citron '21 and Alexa Mustafaj '21 who were named to the basketball Section 1 All-Tournament team!

Post Season Round Up

Our Winter Sports post-season finale was played out at the sectional, state, and national level. Basketball Varsity A played for the Section Championship. Our cheerleaders competed at States.  Our 4x800m relay team and two 1000m runners competed for state and national titles.

Basketball

Varsity Basketball advanced to the Section 1 Class AA Championship where they faced eventual State Champion, Ossining.  Despite going down by as much as 23 points in the first half, the Koalas clawed their way back to within 3 points late in the game much to the delight of the huge Ursuline crowd, but eventually came up short, 67-78. 

Sonia Citron led the Koalas with 29 pts/12 reb/2 assists while Alexa Mustafaj chipped in with 19 pts/6 reb/4 assists and Alexa Quirolo had 12 pts/6 reb/2 assist.

Cheerleading

The Ursuline Varsity Cheerleaders culminated their amazing season at the NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 2. They competed in the D1 (Large School) Small team Division and were in 5th place after the first round. The Koalas had a near perfect performance, but a 1.25 deduction prevented them from competing in Finals. The girls and coaches are grateful for all of the support they have received from their Ursuline friends, teachers, administration and family.

This is the 3rd year the NY State Championships has been held and the second year in a row that we have qualified after winning the Sectional Championship - ranking us first among all Section One, large School- small teams. 

 

Indoor Track

CONGRATULATIONS to our NY STATE CHAMPIONS, Lily Flynn 1000m and the 4x800m Relay of Daphne Banino, Sarah Flynn, Haley McLean and Lily Flynn!

The NYSPHSAA State Championship meet was certainly one for the history books for the Running Koalas.  Lily Flynn entered the meet as the favorite to defend her 2018 NY State Championship in the 1000m while the 4x800m Relay was a favorite to win Ursuline's 1st ever Relay State Championship.  Sarah Flynn joined Lily in the 1000m, running a very strong race among a very competitive field.  Lily showed her dominance as she led the field from start to finish on the way to winning her 2nd STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Listen to a post-race interview with Lily HERE.

After a short rest, Lily and Sarah were back on the track to team up with Daphne and Haley for the 4x800m Relay.  The tough field challenged the Koalas but with each runner running a fantastic race, the team came out victorious, earning Ursuline's 1st EVER State Relay Championship.  Listen HERE to a post-race interview with the winning champion relay team.

The New Balance Indoor Nationals saw the Koalas, running as the Koalas Track Club, turn in 3 All American performances, and winning a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! 

On Friday, the Distance Medley Relay of Sarah Flynn, Casey Conroy, Haley McLean and Lily Flynn placed 4th, as Lily ran a 4:44 1600m anchor, taking the team from 9th place to 4th!

Saturday, the team of Daphne, Sarah, Haley and Lily followed up their 4x800m State Championship with a 4 x 1 Mile NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, winning by 15 seconds, with a team average of 5:07 mile!  Listen to a post race interview HERE.

The competition wasn't over for the Koalas as Haley, Sarah and Lily headed back to the track for the 4x800m where they teamed up with Claire Wilson, placing 2nd, and a silver medal and earning All American status.

After running 3 All-American performances, Lily took to the track for one final race of her high school indoor career, with an outstanding performance in the 800m on extremely tired legs, after 2 All American runs less than 23 hours earlier!

Listen HERE to a small piece of the Championship Weekend from a coach's perspective as MileSplit "Mic'd Up" Coach Jan Mitchell on this historic weekend for the longtime Koalas coach!

 

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