The Pursuit of Excellence
Rambler rowers Egan Berne ’13, Sam Durkin ’13, John Hocter ’13, Robert Murphy ’13 and Conor Walsh ’13 were recently honored by the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association (MSRA) for their pursuit of excellence on the water and in the classroom.
The five Loyola juniors were named to the first annual MSRA Academic Athlete Honor Roll for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, earning an SAT score of at least 1800 or an ACT score of least 27 and rowing in the MSRA finals as sophomores or rowing at the SRAA, US Junior Nationals or Junior Worlds. These accomplished scholar-athletes received their award certificates at the MSRA Championship Regatta in Ohio in May.
“Loyola had the most honorees of any high school represented on the 2012 MSRA honor roll, which included 14 students from seven different schools,” notes Head Crew Coach Matthew P. Baldino ’93. “The team qualified four boats for the Scholastic National Championships in New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend. The Men's Varsity and Junior Varsity Eights both finished in the Top 20 and the Women's Varsity 8 finished 10th nationally, while the Men's Second Varsity 8 finished third. While we are extremely proud of their accomplishments on the water this season, we are even prouder of their academic achievements. This was quite a cap to a great season!”
Egan Berne '13
Sam Durkin '13
John Hocter '13
Robert Murphy '13
Conor Walsh '13
Inspiring Fitness and Sportsmanship
Jake Skarzynski ’14
Hockey Club player Jake Skarzynski ’14 has been named Male Athlete of the Year by 1World Sports for his performance at the second annual High School Fitness Challenge at the University of Chicago on April 22. Engaging in feats of physical fortitude that ranged from pushups to shuttle runs, 72 high school athletes from 12 Chicago-area schools competed for the title.
1World Sports fosters healthy lifestyles and the development of responsible athletes by teaching life lessons through sports. The nonprofit encourages at-risk youth between the ages six and 16 to embrace positive lifestyle habits such as good nutrition, community involvement and the pursuit of academic excellence.
The high school fitness challenge was held in part to inspire the disadvantaged children and teens who attended the event.
Visit the Loyola Academy Hockey Club website for more team news and photos.
View a video created by 1World Sports to thank the athletes who participated in the fitness challenge.