Even though Suffield Swimming and Diving has long prided itself for the academic achievements of its team members, this may be a first. All three Suffield girls’ team senior captains earned much coveted National High School Academic All-America honors for their just concluded high school careers. To be awarded the honor, students need to be aquatics letter winners (water polo, swimming, or diving) and, more importantly, must have earned a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade-point-average across their four years of study. The award is given by the National High School Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA), the premiere body who determines All-America honors.
Samantha Hagberg hails from Avon, Connecticut and is a four-year student who excelled in swimming, water polo, and the classroom. She was a two-year captain for both the swimming and water polo teams and received the H. Meade Alcorn, Jr. Award at Commencement for academic and athletic excellence. To earn this award the recipient must have been at Suffield for at least two years, rank in the top one-quarter of the class, and have earned at least two varsity letters. Samantha will attend Pitzer College and swim for the Pomona-Pitzer team in the fall.
Amanda Kikonyogo joined Suffield as a sophomore from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She received the Class of 1999 Unsung Hero Award for Athletics at Commencement which honors someone who, in an unpretentious way, sports the finest attributes of commitment, perseverance, and great pride in the school. Amanda also played varsity field hockey and water polo.
From East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Sophia Roche attended Suffield for two years after transferring from her local high school. The high honors student is headed to Providence College in the fall, where she will join the Friars’ Division I program.
Suffield is proud to salute the achievements of these tri-captains and outstanding members of this year’s girls’ swimming and diving team.