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ROWLAND HALL ATHLETICS // WINTER 2021

Upper School Athletics

It was a particularly challenging year for swim and basketball athletes and coaches as they navigated a number of protocols that were put in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in indoor venues during the winter months. All obliged without complaint, competing in home contests with no fans cheering them on and masking when not participating (many basketball players also chose to mask when they were). For swimmers, it meant competing in fewer meets. For basketball athletes, it meant adjusting to varsity-only basketball, an abbreviated season, and learning from home in January, February, and into March. And for coaches, it meant making sure that all protocols were followed while maintaining competitive programs with barebones rosters. Despite these challenges, our programs thrived, our athletes succeeded, our coaches stayed positive and enthusiastic, and the season was rarely interrupted with a COVID-related incident—quite an accomplishment!

Many kudos and much appreciation to our coaching staff—swim coaches Hope Feliciano, Cole Jackman, and Julia Sanderson; girls basketball coaches Bill Tatomer, Ashlee Ostler, and Stacy Martin; and boys basketball coaches Zack Alvidrez and Paulino Beach—for their patience, work ethic, caring, and understanding as they navigated the many challenges and “asks” of them with positivity and upbeat attitudes.

Big thanks to all of our swim and basketball athletes, who sacrificed much and gave their all during this challenging 2020–2021 season—it is one that none of us will ever forget.

Congratulations to all. You did it!

Kendra Tomsic, Director of Athletics

Swimming

Rowland Hall's small-but-mighty swim team continued to prove their ability to compete with larger, higher-ranked groups, and earned impressive individual and team results this season.

Girls Basketball

Despite a delayed start and only a few weeks of practice before their first game, Rowland Hall's girls basketball team came together to enjoy a strong season, finishing with a 9–3 record.

Boys Basketball

Rowland Hall's boys basketball team committed to success amid this year's challenges, ending with an 8–5 record for the regular season and a 6–2 record in Region play.

ROWMARK SKI ACADEMY

It's been a unique, and often challenging, ski racing season for Rowmark Ski Academy this year due to COVID-19 protocols. Many of our early races were cancelled, while others were delayed to the end of the season, causing a crush of races to get rescheduled into March and April. COVID rules also required gender-split races to reduce field sizes and two races per day to shorten trips. Probably most impactful was the elimination of team travel, requiring parents to provide transportation, lodging, and meals at all of our out-of-town races.

A heartfelt thank-you to our parents for stepping up to the challenge, for their tolerance of change, and for their teamwork to make this season happen. Also a big shout-out to our Rowmark coaching staff and to Rowland Hall teachers for their flexibility, support, and professionalism amongst continuous changes to our schedule from start to finish. We could not have done it without you! Not only did we survive, but we flourished, which was especially evident at the end of the season, where we had many of our best performances.

It is also important to mention that our local training at Park City Mountain Resort and at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) provides a comprehensive combination of venues that is second to none. This was our first full season of training at the UOP, which has proven to be an invaluable enhancement to our training quality and volume. We appreciate our relationships with both mountains’ management and the incredible generosity of our donors to make the UOP project come to life.

Todd Brickson, Program Director

Rowmark Ski Academy

Even amid the challenges of this year, Rowmarkers enjoyed a successful season with top finishes. We're also proud to share news about three Rowmark alumna.

Rowmark Junior

This year's Junior team showed perseverance and determination as they navigated safety protocols, learned to balance their sport and academics, and excelled on the slopes.

NEWS

Academic and Postseason Recognition

Congratulations to the Rowland Hall swim and basketball student-athletes who have been recognized for their academic accomplishments this winter, as well as to the six basketball players named to the Region 17 All-Region Team.

Grace Smith Named 3A Swimmer of the Year

Senior Grace Smith capped off her high school swimming career with an impressive title: 3A Swimmer of the Year for the 2020–2021 season.

Rowmarker Mary Bocock Competes with US Ski & Snowboard Team in Europe

Junior Mary Bocock has had a banner year—she competed with the US Ski & Snowboard Team in Europe and is currently ranked second in the nation and sixth in the world in giant slalom for her age, and first and ninth in the world in super-G.

Check out the below video to hear Mary talk about what it was like to compete in Europe.

Drew Lang Wins Second State Wrestling Title

Junior Drew Lang continued his wrestling legacy this winter: he finished the season with a 40–2 record, was number-one in the state for his weight class (all classifications), and took home his second state wrestling championship title.