College Commitments for the Snails

March 5, 2019

Madeira seniors Sophia Bernstein and Julie Kenyon have announced their commitments to play athletics at the collegiate level next year.

This Fall, Sophia will attend Hamilton College and participate on the Women’s Swim and Dive team and Volleyball team. Bernstein is a four-year day student from McLean, Virginia. Since her arrival to Madeira, Bernstein has qualified for swim and dive states on four separate occasions and earned two All-ISL team selections for volleyball. Bernstein is an active member of Student Government and currently serves the Madeira community as Head of Day.

Aquatics Director and Varsity Swim and Dive Coach Rod Montrie reflects on Sophia’s success by saying, “Sophia leaves Madeira as a talented athlete and a true teammate in every sense of the word. Her dedication in two varsity sports tells you where her heart lies, it lies with the team.  Sophia’s accomplishments in these sports, including a state top-16 swim in the 100-yard butterfly, demonstrates her willingness to work extremely hard and seize the moment. Her presence as a leader has been invaluable to her teams. Sophia embodies everything that we love to see in a Madeira athlete, and she will no doubt bring her sportsmanship, leadership, and great attitude to the collegiate level at Hamilton.”

This Fall, Julie will attend Denison University and participate on the Women’s Track and Field team. Throughout Julie’s time at Madeira she has been able to participate in a wide variety of athletics. From playing varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse her freshman year, to transitioning into track and field and cross country her junior and senior year, Julie has contributed to her teams by exemplifying leadership, hard work, and perseverance. During Julie’s running career she has been able to support her teammates as captain, helping them achieve new team records for the 4x400 relay.

“Julie is leaving a positive, lasting impact on Madeira Athletics,” says Head Track Coach Liz Barclay. “She is the kind of athlete you want on your team. Her work ethic and determination is unmatchable, but more importantly, her integrity as a teammate and competitor is hard to find. She is reliable, selfless, encouraging, and always taking on new challenges. Watching Julie run on the track and cheer on her teammates just makes you smile. We are so proud of what she has accomplished, and we know her time at Denison University will help her reach her full potential as an individual and an athlete. We know Julie is going to do great things both on and off the track!”

Best of luck, and congratulations to Sophia and Julie on all of their accomplishments at Madeira!

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