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Snails Sign National Letters of Intent

November 14, 2019
Left to Right: Molly W '20, Annie N '20 and Sofie D '20

The Madeira School is proud to recognize three outstanding senior student-athletes on their commitment to further both their academic and athletic careers. Sofie Davis will attend the University of Kentucky, Annie Newton will attend the United States Naval Academy, and Molly Watts will attend Drexel University. “Over the last four years all three athletes have been an integral part of the culture shift, success, and enthusiasm for Madeira athletics,” reflects Athletic Director Katie LaRue. “They will leave a lasting mark on the program and be sorely missed."

Sofie will join the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky Women’s Swim and Dive team. Davis is a four-year day student from Lovettsville, Virginia and member of the Madeira Swim and Dive team. Since her arrival at Madeira, Davis has qualified for States on three separate occasions, earned two All-ISL team selections, and currently holds the VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) State record for the 100-yard Breaststroke. Davis has also been awarded the USA All-American Athletic Award and the USA All-American Academic Achievement Award. In order for candidates to be considered for this accolade they must maintain a 3.5 grade point average for the academic year and swim an individual time equal to the Winter Junior National qualifying time.

Annie will join the United States Naval Academy Women's Lacrosse team. Throughout Annie’s time at Madeira she has been a three-season varsity athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. “Annie epitomizes what it means to be a Madeira athlete,” says Assistant Athletic Director and Head Lacrosse coach, Kelly Chandler. “She is a three-sport athlete and captain, is a strong, vocal leader, and sets the standard for what it means to work hard and be a great teammate. Annie performs no matter what, and will have a very successful career at Navy, both on her team and for her country. We are so proud of Annie and look forward to watching her continue to serve and lead at Navy and beyond.”

Molly, a day student from Paeonian Springs, Virginia, and four-year member of the Madeira Swim and Dive team, will attend Drexel University and join the Dragons' Swim and Dive team. Throughout Molly’s time at Madeira she has continued to improve and master her skills in the pool, qualifying her for three consecutive State appearances. Molly brings energy and positivity to the Madeira Swim and Dive program and never backs down from the toughest events.

Aquatics Director and Swim coach Rod Montrie reflects on Sofie and Molly in saying, "We are extremely proud of both Molly and Sofie. The NCAA better watch out. These Madeira girls are a powerhouse in the water."

Congratulations to Sofie, Annie and Molly! We look forward to watching you grow at the collegiate level and beyond.

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