Senior athletes extend the love for their sport beyond the heart 

As the final buzzer rings for their high school athletic careers, six Sacred Heart Greenwich seniors have decided to continue playing their respective sports at the collegiate level. After the recruitment process, these seniors chose to continue their sport at six different institutions which include: Cornell University,  Bucknell University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Lawrence University (SLU), and Middlebury College.

Tory Huchro’18 warming up for a match. Courtesy of ourtesy of the Sacred Heart Greenwich athletic department.

Senior Tory Huchro will head to Ithaca, New York to attend Cornell University as a member of the Division I women’s squash team. The Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) named Tory an All-FAA squash player during her senior squash season after she helped the varsity squash team finish second in the FAAs. In addition, as varsity squash co-captain, Tory led the Sacred Heart team to finish in the top 14 of the Division I United States High School Nationals. Tory is looking forward to joining Cornell’s women squash team to continue her athletic career.

Cornell is ranked top eight in the country and I can’t wait to be a part of that competitive match-play and to compete against some of the best girls in the country,” Tory said.

Sacred Heart varsity golf captain and senior Morgan Hennessy, who the FAA and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) recognize as the defending individual golf champion, is going to play golf at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania this fall. Morgan is a four-year varsity golf competitor who joined the varsity team as a freshman. She won the FAA tournament during her sophomore and junior years as well as the Pippy O’Connor Tournament last year as a junior.

Morgan will join Bucknell’s women’s golf team which competes in the Patriot League, and she is looking forward to the opportunities that arise when playing at a higher level.

“I’m really excited for the traveling aspect that comes with playing golf; seeing new courses and places, in addition to [meeting]… my new teammates,” Morgan said. “I love playing golf because every shot is different no matter the course or the day. Every single shot you hit will always be different and this makes the game really challenging but also forces you to be creative, which I really enjoy.”

Following the path of Sacred Heart alumna Maeve Hogan ’17,senior Clara Geffs will join Maeve at Columbia University in New York City, New York as a member of the women’s rowing team. Clara began rowing in middle school and attended the United States Junior National Team Development Camp. She then decided to join a competitive rowing team called the Connecticut Boat Club to continue developing her skills.

Clara is excited to bond with her new teammates next year and continue her rowing in a more competitive environment.

“I can’t wait to spend more time with my future team and get close to the girls,” Clara said. “I am a very spirited person, and so I can’t wait to represent the Columbia Lions during the next stage in my life.”

Running into next fall is senior Ciara Henry who will be attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland as a member of the women’s track and field team. Ciara specializes in running long distance and in field sports, including shot put, javelin, and discus. She currently holds the school record in the Javelin event.

Ciara is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform at the collegiate level while continuing her passion and love for field sports at Johns Hopkins.

“My favorite part about participating on a track and field team is the community, dedication, hard work and discipline,” Ciara said. “I am most excited to improve at a collegiate level next fall and to build new friendships.”

Varsity swimming co-captains and seniors Kalyna Carroll and Caleigh Pope are both continuing their swimming careers in college. In the fall, Kalyna will attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and Caleigh will go to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Senior Captains of the Varsity swim team Kalyna Carroll’18 (left) and Caleigh Pope (right). Courtesy of the Sacred Heart Greenwich athletic department.

Kalyna is the school record-holder in the 200 freestyle relay and the 50-yard freestyle. The FAA also recognized her as an All-FAA swimmer three years in a row for her sprints in freestyle and butterfly. Kalyna is very enthusiastic about joining SLU’s women’s swim team next fall to continue her swimming career. She will leave behind a legacy for the Sacred Heart swim team to follow.

“I love swimming because it keeps me in good shape and I enjoy participating on a swim team with such great girls,” Kalyna said. “I am excited about swimming next year at college because it will help me stay disciplined and stick to a good schedule.”

For the past two years, the FAA recognized Caleigh as an All-FAA swimmer, receiving an honorable mention as a sophomore. She also swam a leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay that went onto set the school record during NEPSAC alongside Kalyna.

“My favorite part about swimming is the satisfaction of working hard and seeing the results in race times at meets,” Caleigh said. “I’m excited about swimming in college because I am able to continue the sport I love at a higher, more competitive level and because I will have a strongly connected team with me through all four years.”