New Trier Alumni News
New Trier's Tashima Captains U.S. Girls' Youth National Team to Gold
Carli Snyder was named tournament Most Valuable Player and Taylor Tashima was named best setter.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 11, 2012) - The U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball Team used three players in double-digit scoring to capture gold at the NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship in Tijuana, Mexico. The United States defeated the Dominican Republic 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15 Saturday night, and is also one of three qualifiers for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship.
The United States finished a perfect 5-0 in the NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship, and dropped only two individual sets during the tournament.
Simone Lee (Menomonee, Wis.) led the United States with 18 points on 16 kills, one block and one ace while Carli Snyder (Macomb, Mich.) tallied 17 points on 15 kills and two aces. Crissy Jones (Lakewood, Calif.) posted 10 points on six kills, two blocks and two aces as Courtney Schwan (Milton, Wash.) notched five points on five kills and (team captain) Taylor Tashima (Wilmette, Ill.) also added in five points on two kills and three aces. Audriana Fitzmorris (Overland Park, Kan.) contributed four points on four kills while both Stephanie Aiple (Round Rock, Texas) and Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.) posted one point on one ace.
You can read the entire article from USA Volleyball at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2012/August/11/GYNT-Wins-Gold-at-NORCECA.aspx
Seven Current or Former New Trier Swimmers Qualify for Olympic Trials
By Samuel Nadell, Syracuse '13
Winnetka, IL, June 21, 2012 – Three current and four former swimmers from New Trier High School have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials that will take place from June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska. The seven swimmers are Sam Metz (Class of 2010), CJ Smith (’11), Max Grodecki (’12), Reed Malone (’13), Jack Mangan (’13), Samantha James (’12) and Riley Hayward (’13).
"I was pretty excited because it’s such a privilege. It’s something that a lot of swimmers work towards in their swimming careers and so it's a pretty big accomplishment. But, it’s also a privilege to get this opportunity," Smith said, who swims at the University of Minnesota and will be competing in the 400 and 1500 meter freestyle events.
At the conclusion of the Olympic Trials, 26 men and 26 women will be awarded the highest athletic honor – to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"The Olympic Trials is a special meet. It's the fastest meet on American soil," Metz said. "It's a lot different than your typical U.S. Nationals because everyone goes. None of the big names are missing. Everyone is there."
Metz, who currently swims at the University of California, was on the 800 yard freestyle relay team that placed second at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship meet. California has won back-to-back National Championships.
At the Olympic Trials, Metz will be competing in the 200 and 400 meter freestyles, 200 meter breaststroke and 200 meter IM.
"I think it says something about the program overall. I think it says something about the New Trier Swim Club, the girls program, the boys program and how those work together and are able to produce, not only Olympic qualifiers, but really are able to work with and coach kids of all abilities to the best they can be. Certainly Olympic qualifiers," New Trier Boys Swimming and Diving head coach Mark Onstott said.
On the women’s side, James, who signed her letter of intent to swim at the University of Virginia, will be competing in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke events.
"I really would like to see myself get best times in both events," James said. "Just do the little things right and see how far I can push myself."
Hayward, at age 17 just finished her junior year at New Trier and will be representing the New Trier Swim Club in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke.
"I really couldn't believe it. I didn’t think I was looking at the right lane until I heard all my teammates because they were cheering on the side. They were all going crazy. It took me a second to process it all and soak it all in," Hayward said about her reaction to qualifying for the Olympic Trials.
"I think it speaks highly of the level of swimming in our community. It’s not the first time that we’ve sent student-athletes to Olympic Trials and it certainly won't be the last," New Trier Girls Swimming and Diving head coach Mac Guy said. "I’m really proud of them.
All seven qualifiers won Illinois High School Association state championships for New Trier.
"All of us our pretty close. All the alumni from the New Trier swimming organization are extremely close. We all talk to each other; whether we are going to the Olympic Trials or not," Smith said. "Everyone is pretty supportive of what the other person is doing, so it’s very exciting for everyone."
Metz talked about New Trier’s swimming philosophy and how it has created a model of excellence.
"It’s kind of a created culture of success where you go and work hard, because that’s what everyone’s doing and then you swim fast. That’s just kind of how it works. I think it's a reflection of the hard work of the coaches and the swimmers. Not only the swimmers who are going, but the swimmers who came before us, whether they were seniors when I was a freshman or ahead of some of these guys who are still in high school. I think it’s just a total team thing, much more than the seven people. It's a really great team culture," Metz said.
Grodecki, Malone and Mangan were a part of the 400 meter freestyle relay team that set a national high school record this past year. Grodecki will be swimming at the University of Wisconsin in the fall and is competing in the men’s 50 and 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke events. Malone will be competing in the 100, 200, 400 and 1500 meter freestyles and 200 meter butterfly and Mangan will be competing in the 100 meter backstroke.
"My main goal right now is to take in the whole experience. It’s my first time ever going, so I just want to have fun," Smith said. "But on the swimming side, I also want to swim a couple personal bests and hopefully crack the top 16 in the 1500 free. Compete at a higher level and a level that I believe I can compete at."
New Trier’s Later named to Tribune 2011-12 Scholar-Athlete team.
Leland Later has been selected as one of 20 Chicago-area students named to the 2011-12 Chicago Tribune Scholar Athlete team. Later captured both the individual Class 3A State Championship Cross-Country crown this past fall and the Illinois Class 3A 1600 meter Track and Field title this spring. Later will continue his running career at the University of California-Berkeley. You can read more about Leland and the entire Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete team at the two links below. Congratulations to Leland Later and all the Tribune Scholar-Athletes!
Trevian Wasielewski honored in historic Amherst football campaign
Fresh off the fourth 8-0 season in program history, Amherst College placed 13 student-athletes on the 2011 NESCAC Football All-Conference Team, while Eric Bunker ’12 and E.J. Mills were named Offensive Player and Coach of the Year.
Helping to pave the way for Bunker’s outstanding season were offensive linemenJohn Ceccio ’13 and Rob Wasielewski ’14, who were each named to the All-Conference First Team. This is the second First Team selection for Ceccio, who paired up with Wasielewski and a strong line to help the Jeffs average 189.5 rushing yards per game. Amherst allowed a league-low six sacks on the season, marking the fourth consecutive year the Jeffs have led the conference in the category.
Wasielewski, a 2010 New Trier graduate, captained the 2009 football squad earning All Central Suburban League honors for the Trevians. Congratulations, Rob!
Read the rest of the story at https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/fall/football/articles/2011/1117_all-nescac
Ritter grabs second Big Ten honor in record-setting Northwestern Soccer season
EVANSTON, Ill. – Junior Chris Ritter (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week the conference announced Monday after his game-winning goal in Northwestern’s 1-0 win over Michigan Saturday. Ritter’s goal at the 83:09 mark not only gave the Wildcats the win in their final regular season match, but also their first Big Ten regular season title.
Ritter had four shots in the game and his biggest one came late in the second half. Reed Losee (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) sent a cross in from the right flank to Ritter, who chipped it in to the top center from about six yards out for his fourth goal of the year.
This is Ritter’s second career honor. The first award came after he scored two goals and was the tournament MVP at the Lakeside Classic in September. Ritter was also named a Second-team All Big Ten selection.
For the first time in school history, Northwestern achieved the “double”, winning both the regular season and Big Ten Tournament titles in the same year. The Wildcats tallied a 1-0 win over Michigan to capture the regular season title on Nov. 5 and then returned to the same field the following week for the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern had a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed and came back to tie Indiana, 1-1 in the semifinals and eventually advanced to the finals with the 3-2 advantage on penalty kicks. In the finals, the Wildcats fought back from a 1-0 deficit and used two second-half goals to defeat Penn State 2-1 and bring home the second Big Ten title.
Go to this site for one of the articles used for this release. http://www.nusports.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/111411aaa.html
Georgiadis, Stineman honored as Scholar-Athletes
New Trier Class of 2011 graduates Mari Georgiadis and Robert Stineman have been honored as two of twenty members of the 2010-11 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete team. For more information on Mari and Robert as well as the entire list of honorees, please read the Chicago Tribune story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-prep-scholar-athlete-team-2010-2011-gallery,0,7850663.storygallery Congratulations, Mari and Robert!
New Trier's Stineman feautured in Sports Illustrated magazine
Robert Stineman, New Trier Class of 2011, is featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of the June 20, 2011 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. The New Trier senior "defeated teammate Jared Hiltzik, becoming (New Trier's) first athlete to win back to back state tennis singles titles as the Trevians took their second team title in as many years. Winner of the USTA's boys 18 singles national open in February; he was named Midwest player of the year and is ranked #6 nationally. He will compete in Fall 2011 at Stanford University." Congratulations, Robert!
New Trier’s Georgiadis named All-State Scholar
New Trier senior, honor student and two-sport athlete Mari Georgiadis has been named to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) All-State Academic team. Each IHSA member school is invited to nominate two students. Nominees are required to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their 7th semester, and to have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.
Mari has participated in both Girls Tennis and Badminton for New Trier. In 2010, she was a member of the 2010 IHSA State Championship Badminton team and placed 3rd in the state tournament as a member of the Trevian doubles team. A member of the 2010 3rd Place Tennis team, Mari also captured a 4th place medal in tennis doubles competition. In addition to a stellar academic career, Mari has participated in the New Trier Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT ) and was selected as a J. Kyle Braid Leadership Ranch participant.
Twenty-six students are selected state-wide from a pool of more than five hundred nominees. The All-State Academic Team members will be honored at a banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington on April 18, 2011. To read more about the award and to see the complete IHSA All-State Academic Team, visit the IHSA website athttp://www.ihsa.org/announce/2010-11/2011-02-17a.html
Georgiadis selected as WGN-Tribune Athlete of the Month for May
Mari Georgiadis, New Trier Class of 2011, has been selected by the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV as the “Preps Plus Athlete of the Month” for May, 2011. Georgiadis not only won all 52 of her badminton matches, including the state final 21-15, 21-5 against Thornton Fractional South's Loran Pasko but didn't lose a game all season. Mari and teammate Dora Saclarides also finished third at the 2010 state badminton tournament for the state champion Trevians. She is also an all-state doubles tennis player, helping to lead the Trevians to a third place overall state finish in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune) Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/badminton/ct-spt-0605-prep-athlete-of-month-20110604,0,4318073.story
Jaeschke First Wildcat To Be Drafted In WNBA
April 11, 2011 BRISTOL, Conn. --Amy Jaeschke was selected as the 27th pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by theChicago Sky, it was announced today (April 11). The Wilmette, Ill., native and 2007 New Trier graduate was chosen in the third round as the Sky's fourth pick and becomes the first Wildcat to be drafted in the WNBA.
"It's great to be drafted," Jaeschke said. "It means so much to me, and I couldn't have done it without my coaches, teammates, parents, friends and family. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to stay in Chicago and try out. I think it speaks to players looking to come to Northwestern, because it shows that you can play here [Northwestern] and go on to the next level. It really shows how far this program has come." The senior, who earned WBCA All-District accolades a few weeks ago, turned in an outstanding final year, averaging 21.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, and 3.3 bpg. She finished her career with 1,976 points, 933 rebounds, 357 blocks while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Jaeschke also led Northwestern to back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 1995. (courtesy of Northwestern Athletics)
New Trier's Metz earns All-America honors and helps lead Cal to National Championship
Sam Metz (New Trier Class of 2010) earned All-America honors as a member of #1 ranked California’s 800 meter Free Relay at the NCAA Championships and helped lead Cal to their first NCAA Men’s Swim Championship in twenty-one years. Metz swam the third leg of the relay that finished fifth in a time of 6:20.54. Metz also placed 12th overall in the 500 Freestyle. Read more about Sam and his team athttp://www.calbears.com/sports/m-swim/cal-m-swim-body.html