Athletics Recap - Final Week of Winter Season

February 27, 2017
Shelly the Snail

The last weekend in February marked the end of the winter season for Madeira Athletics. Madeira Swim and Dive competed at the VISAA State Championships, the IEA Equestrian Team rode at the IEA Regional Finals, the Squash team hosted their end-of-season Two Racquets and A Ball tournament, and Basketball finished with their last home games and the ISL Championship Tournament. Athletics will have an All School Meeting on Friday, March 3, 2017, to celebrate the successes of the winter sports. Madeira will usher in the spring season on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, with tryouts for Lacrosse, Tennis, Track and Field, and Softball.

  • Swim and Dive

The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive Team concluded the 2016-2017 season with a third place finish at the VISAA State Championships held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The Snails finished with 253 points, behind Trinity Episcopal School (254) and St. Catherine’s School (285).

Madeira claimed one individual title: Izzy Gati ’18 (100 butterfly) and two relay titles: 200 Freestyle relay (Gati, Moriarty ’18, Davis ’20, Heilbrun ’18) and the 400 Freestyle relay (Gati, Doyle ’19, Davis, Heilbrun). The same freestyle lineup set a new team record with an All-American time of 3:30:58 in the 400 Freestyle Relay at the 2017 Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships two weeks prior. 

Other notable finalists for Madeira were Maddie Heilbrun (2nd 200 IM, 2nd 100 Freestyle), Izzy Gati (2nd 200 Freestyle) Sofie Davis (3rd 200 IM, 5th 100 Breaststroke), Giovi Moriarty (11th 50 freestyle), Molly Watts ‘20 (11th 200 IM, 14th 500 Freestyle) Niya Kelley ’20 (13th 500 Freestyle, 15th 100 Butterfly) Meaghan Doyle (10th 100 Freestyle), Lily Rathbun ’20 (7th 100 Breaststroke), Claire Simpson ’17 (16th diving). The 200 Medley relay (Doyle, Rathbun, Lukehart ’19, Moriarty) placed 7th in a new Madeira team record. 

Gati, Heilbrun, Davis, Moriarty and Doyle were selected as members of the 2016-2017 All-State Swim Team.

“This was a great meet to cap off a great season,” said Madeira Coach Rod Montrie. “There was outstanding racing in all four sessions and superb team work and sportsmanship all around. I am especially proud of our relays for their wins and records.”

The 2016-2017 Madeira Swim and Dive Program finished their season with a perfect 9-0 dual meet record. 


  • Equestrian 

The Madeira Equestrian team finished in first place at the IEA Regional Finals. The first-place finish secured a place at IEA Zone Finals.

In addition to the great team performance, five Madeira girls also qualified for the finals in their individual classes. The five girls who qualified are: Charlotte Burch ‘17 in Open Fences, Ava Brugger ‘19 in Intermediate Flat, Bridget Vaughey ‘19 and Emma Knisley ‘18 in Novice Flat, and Mikayla Connolly ‘20 in Beginner Flat. Congratulations to all of the riders for outstanding performances. 

Full team and individual result are below:

Team results

1st Madeira 27 pts

2nd Century Manor 23 pts

3rd Pickwick Clayhill 17 pts

4th Shore Thing Equestrian 16 pts

5th Meadowbrook 16 pts

6th John Champe 14 pts

7th Woodpecker 12 pts

8th Foxcroft 12 pts

9th Middleburg Academy 8 pts

10th A Moment in time 8 pts

11th Hazelwild 1 pt

Individual Results

Jacey Albaugh '18 - 1st Team Open Flat, 2nd Team Open Fences

Ava Brugger '19 - 3rd Individual Intermediate Flat

Charlotte Burch '17 - 2nd Individual Open Fences

Mikayla Conolly '20 - 2nd Team Beginner Flat, 3rd Individual Beginner Flat

Ally Edwards '18 - 2nd Team Intermediate Fences

Emma Knisley '18 - 5th Individual Novice Fences, 3rd Individual Novice Flat

Emily Leins '17 - 5th Individual Open Flat

Bridget Vaughey '19 - 1st Individual Novice Flat, 3rd Team Novice Flat, 6th Team Novice Fences

Lizzy Isacson '18 and Sydney Newburn '19 also competed at Regionals

Karina Atkins '18 and Isabelle Nimick '18 came to support their teammates


  • Basketball

JV Basketball vs. Episcopal at Home - W, 29-23

JV Basketball hosted Episcopal High School in the final game of the season on February 22, 2017, for defeated the Maroon for the second time this season. Gabby McClellan '20 and A'Nya Harrison '20 led the offense with 8 and 14 points respectively. Harrison added a double-double with 13 rebounds, and McLellan and Kathryn Fronabarger '19 each added 10 rebounds. Margot Matheson '20 (9 Steals, 8 Rebounds), Maggie Needler '18, and Jordan Harrison '20 all added a substantial effort on the defensive front and led the offense at the guard position. 

The Snails hard work throughout the season paid off, as the JV Basketball Team ended with a winning record of 10-4!

Varsity Basketball vs. Episcopal at Home - L, 24-53

Varsity Basketball hosted Episcopal High School in the final game of the regular season on February 22, 2017. Annie Newton '20 led the offense for the Snails. Unfortunately, EHS proved too much for Madeira to handle, defeating the Snails 24-53. The Snails went on to face St. Andrew's in the first round of the ISL Tournament. 

Varsity Basketball vs. St. Andrew's Away - L, 27-47

In the first round of the ISL Tournament, Madeira took on second place St. Andrew's away. The Snails went down 11-32 at the half time break, then held St. Andrew's to 15 points in the second half. Madeira fell to the Lions 27-47 at the final, and concluded the 2016-2017 season.  


  • Squash

The Madeira Squash team hosted their annual, year-end Two Racquets and a Ball Tournament on Sunday, February 26, at the Regency Sport and Health in McLean. Each student-athlete asked a friend or family member to compete with them in a three court tournament. The tournament was a great way to celebrate the end of a successful season for Madeira Squash. 



Spring tryouts commence the week of February 27, 2017.