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This month we are so excited to celebrate and recognize Samantha Swenby as our Student Athlete of The Month. Samantha started playing volleyball the summer before her Freshman year of High School via a one-week skills camp and fell in love with the sport. She made the level 4 VB team at EHS as a Freshman and then decided that she wanted to play in college at the highest level possible. She tried out for Colorado Volleyball Association (CVA) and made a level 2 team that same year. She has played both High School and CVA club VB ever since and is currently doing BOTH at the same time. She made the varsity team this year as a junior and her HS team is currently in 1st place in league play! Her club team is currently ranked in the top 10 teams in the state for her age level as well and they recently took 2nd place in the Capital Hill Classic, Atlanta edition this spring. She has had knee injuries and several aches and pains and she continues to push thru them and rise above. When Covid shut the world down, she knew this was her chance to push past her completion that has been playing longer than she had been. She began seeing a strength trainer 2-3 times per week, eating properly, going in for regular chiropractic adjustments and working on her vertical in the gym and at home, on her own. When volleyball started picking back up, her coaches and teammates noticed how much better she had gotten and she is now touching 10 feet in her vertical. Her goal now is to play division I or division II, in college and major in trauma surgery or criminal justice as she wants to work for the FBI or CIA. Also, while a lot of her friends grades have dropped during this crazy pandemic, she has maintained a 3.8GPA or better for the last 3 semesters at Evergreen High School. She is looking forward to getting back to a “normal” world and hoping for a normal senior year next year!
We are so proud to announce our March student athlete of the month is actually plural, ATHLETES! Cully and Landon Freeman are brothers who love soccer! Their pursuit of soccer has spanned their entire lives since they could walk. They started playing with the Stingers Soccer Club in Evergreen (now Mountain Rush) at age 5 and haven't missed a season since then. During their careers, they moved on from Stingers to Colorado Rush, Colorado Rapids, and now Real Colorado where they both play on the U18/19 ECNL team. ECNL soccer is a national league with some of the best players and teams in the US. Both boys are hoping to play soccer in college, and afterwards they hope to play some level of professional soccer as well. Their training regimen looks something like the following:
-train 2-3 times per week with their Real CO ECNL team, with 1-2 competitive games per week
-train daily with their High School soccer team (both boys have been varsity players at EHS starting their freshman year)
-train privately with a local coach 1x/week
-weight training 2x/week with a private trainer
-train on their own 3-5 times per week
-recover and maintain fitness using Chiropractic, ice baths, yoga, stretching
Cully and Landon's achievements are impressive:
-Cully 2d team all conference as a junior
-Cully State Cup Champion and MVP 2017
-Cully State Cup Runner-up 2019
-Cully played in the Far West Regionals on two occasions, representing CO against teams from the western region of the US
-Cully participated in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) for three years representing CO in regional competitions
-Cully's team won the Real Cup Championship in 2018 (Real Cup is the largest youth tournament in CO)
-Landon honorable mention all conference as a sophomore
-Landon led all sophomores in Jeffco 4A in goals and assists
-Landon participated in ODP for one year
-Landon's team won the Real Cup Championship in 2015
-Both boys spent five weeks during the summer of 2019 with a travelling team in Costa Rica playing against the youth teams for pro and semi-pro clubs
-Cully spent the Fall semester of 2020 in Costa Rica training with a Second Division professional team called Municipal Garabito
This month our featured student athlete is Abigail Stonefelt She was nominated by Dr. Macri. Abigail is an alpine ski racer. Her accomplishments include two varsity letters and two years competing at the state championships. She recently placed 6th place at a giant slalom race and 15th at a slalom race. Abigail has overcome injuries and demonstrated determination and her love of the sport.
This month our featured youth athlete is Aspen Fisher. She was nominated by her swim coach Jeff Armstrong. Aspen swims with Jeffco Hurricanes and Evergreen High School. Her coach says she leads by example and has maintained 96% attendance even through Covid-19. She has a great attitude and her love of swimming shows in the water!