Greenwich High School A wealth of talent
Before the Greenwich High School students bid farewell to each other during Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, a group of senior athletes paid a final visit to the gymnasium for special occasion on Tuesday.
A wealth of senior standouts, who will continue their respective athletic careers in college, gathered for a group photo to celebrate their high school sports days before they embark on their next sports chapter.
Adnerys DeJesus, Greenwich’s Female Athlete for the 2017-2018 school year, was among the almost 50 athletes that attended the photo shoot. DeJesus, an All-State, All-FCIAC Team gymnast, was the driving force behind the Cardinals winning the State Open, Class LL and FCIAC championships this past winter.
She also ignited Greenwich to titles during her sophomore and junior seasons on the squad, as she made a habit of winning almost every event in the postseason and regular season. De Jesus brings her gymnastic skills to the University of Nebraska in the fall.
“Greenwich High School athletics has had a huge impact on my success in gymnastics,” said De Jesus, who also played volleyball at GHS. “I have gotten a lot of exposure and I learned a lot about the importance of team unity. I thank Greenwich High School athletics every day.”
The star gymnast is excited for her next challenge at Nebraska.
“In terms of the coaching staff, I really like Nebraska,” De Jesus said. “They are a great team and I wanted that push that comes with being on a strong team. That’s how I made the decision to go there.”
Kyle Woodring, Greenwich’s Male Athlete of the Year, will take his football talents to Trinity College. He was an All-FCIAC Team selection in both football and baseball.
“Coming into Greenwich High I knew I wanted to play athletics,” Woodring said. “My freshman year was a great start to high school for me and I just kept building off what I did each year. Making the state championship in football my senior year was a game I’ll always remember. Even though we lost in the championship, it was a fun year. Now, I can’t wait to play at the next level. Playing here was a great four years of my life and I can’t wait to play the next four at Trinity.”
Emily Philippides, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Track and Field Athlete of the Year, will continue her track career at Princeton University. The State Open and Class LL champion in the 800-meter run, Philippides, an All-FCIAC, All-State selection, was a dominant force on the track during the winter and spring seasons.
“Our team really grew this year, which was so memorable for all of us on the track team,” Philippides said. “Winning the triple crown in the winter (FCIAC, Class LL, State Open championships) was so nice to be a part of. It was great to see how far we came and to have shared those moments with my teammates.”
Genevieve DeWinter, an All-American, All-State, All-FCIAC lacrosse player, will showcase her skills on the women’s team at Cornell University. DeWinter starred as a midfielder for the Cardinals, sparking the team offensively, while consistently helping the squad gain possession by registering countless draw controls.
“I think this season was one of our most memorable seasons,” DeWinter said. “Our team competed at a high level and really executed. The end of the season didn’t go our way, but it was an honor to play with the girls on my team and I was really proud of my personal effort. I am excited to be on the field for the next level.”
Maggie O’Gorman, who earned All-FCIAC, All-State Team lacrosse honors, will compete at Dartmouth College. O’Gorman helped spearhead the Cardinals’ success this spring with effective efforts on both ends of the field. She also starred for Greenwich’s field hockey team and indoor track and field squad.
“Playing sports here at Greenwich was awesome,” O’Gorman said. “With how big this school is and so many girls playing different sports, I was able to make a wide group of friends from each sport. I’m happy that I will be joining such an intense lacrosse program at Dartmouth and I prepared to play at the next level.”
Hetty McMillan, one of Greenwich’s track teams top runners, will remain on the run at Lehigh University.
“I grew as an individual and as an athlete here at Greenwich,” said McMillan, an All-FCIAC and All-State athlete. “Being a part of the track team is an experience I’ll never forget.”
Finbar Doyle served as a captain for both the Cardinals’ football and rugby teams. An All-State rugby player, he will play at UConn next season.
“Meeting all the kids at Greenwich who played sports meant a lot,” Doyle said. “You’ll walk around town with your gear on, whether it’s football, rugby, lacrosse and people that played on teams in years past will stop and talk to you, because you have a connection with them.”
Tara Ford and Nicole Wood helped key the Greenwich girls volleyball team to the FCIAC and Class LL titles. Ford will compete at Kenyon College in the fall, while Wood is headed to Bryn Mawr College.
“I enjoyed every minute of my time on the team, especially this past year, because we had such a good season,” Wood said. “We were considered underdogs, but we persevered and got past any problems we had.”
Said Ford: “I went to collegiate training volleyball camps, so I know what it’s like to play with people dedicated to sports and athletics. Also, playing here has provided me with the framework I need for the collegiate level.”
Here are the Greenwich High School athletes who will compete in their respective sports at the collegiate level. The list of athletes was provided by Greenwich High School.
Matt Baugher, University of Massachusetts, lacrosse; Camille Boylan, Princeton University, rowing; Valerie Cella, Emory University, gymnastics; Matt Circelli, Dickinson College, football; Lillian Clisham, Georgetown University, swimming; Sofia de la Sierra, University of Pennsylvania, rowing; Adnerys De Jesus, University of Nebraska, gymnastics; Genevieve DeWinter, Cornell University, lacrosse; Finbar Doyle, UConn, rugby; John Duffy, Iona College, rugby; Riley Ellsworth, Nazareth College, hockey; Tara Ford, Kenyon College, volleyball; Elias Gianopolous, Dickinson College, football; Jeremiah Harris, Lackawanna College, football; Kim Kockenmeister, Swarthmore College, soccer, basketball; JT Lawrence, Colorado College, lacrosse; Kelly Montesi, Villanova University, swimming; Julia Merrill, Amherst College, swimming; Zach Moore, Middlebury College, football; Catherine McCarthy, University of San Diego, diving; Nicholas McIntosh, Western New England University, football; Hetty McMillan, Lehigh University, track and field; Jael Negron, Lackawanna College, football; Maggie O’Gorman, Dartmouth College, lacrosse; Brian O’Leary, George Washington University, water polo; Emily Philippides, Princeton University, track and field; Jennie Piotrzkowski, Chatham University, ice hockey, lacrosse; Amanda Pyne, Brown University, rowing; Kate Ragone, Loyola University Maryland, track and field; Segundo Rienhardt, Colgate University, swimming; Matthew Robins, Rhodes College, basketball; Anne Robinson, Princeton University, water polo; Kate Russack, Boston University, diving; Henry Saleeby, Union College, football; Connor Santry, Trinity College, lacrosse; Edward Schmidt, University of Maryland, rugby; Kirk Schultz, Roger Williams University, swimming; Sergei Shaw, LaSalle University, diving; Cameron Thibault, Dartmouth College, rowing; Isabella Tramposch, Kenyon College, soccer; Jackson Trimmer, Jacksonville University, lacrosse; Zach Tucker, Bucknell University, lacrosse; Elizabeth Williamson, Amherst College, field hockey; Nicole Wood, Bryn Mawr College, volleyball; Kyle Woodring, Trinity College, football; Lia Zavattaro, Bucknell University, track and field.