Fall sports recap

Hanny Wolkoff, Advertising Manager

As the winter seasons approach, the fall athletes celebrate the end of their seasons. Here is a look back at all the fall teams that competed this year.

Boys’ Crew- The boys’ crew team started the season off with a team consisting of half freshmen. However, the new rowers only added to the previous success of the crew team.

“We consistently finished in the top half of our local competition and held our own against prep schools and elite rowing clubs. We expect great things this spring,” head crew coach Laura Butterfield said.

The crew team won all of their races at the Pumpkin Head Race on October 30, the only home race of the season. Crew recently began its winter training in preparation for the spring.

Boys’ Cross Country- Boys’ cross country finished the season with a 2-2 record. Junior Jimmy Siuta and seniors Tom Messier, Jeff Pelland, Skyler Szot and Erik Wiegmann each ran races under 19 minutes.

Additionally, each participating runner from the team ran under 21 minutes at the state meet.

“I’m really proud of the team for pushing one another to reach their highest potential. I’m excited for next year’s season,” junior Lorenzo Battistoni said.

Boys’ Soccer- After letting in three goals the entire season, the boys’ soccer team won the Class LL Cham pipionship with a record of 18-2-1. Farmington defeated Shelton 3-0, taking home the trophy.

“Winning the championship had an impact on the team. For the majority of us, this was our first state championship, and it was a great way to conclude the season. It was most definitely deserved, and it was an experience that none of us will ever forget,” junior Blake Rutenberg said.

Football- Closing the season with a big win against Plainville 56-10, football ended the season with a 3-7 record. Nine different players scored touchdowns throughout the season, as well as ten other players making over 30 tackles each.

“Our team played tough this season and competed well against some quality opponents. We faced two of the top teams in the state as well as a number of other quality programs and were in nearly every game,” varsity football coach Chris Machol said.

Field Hockey- Led by senior captains Dana Thiesfeldt, Clare Meehan and Cailin Cruess, the field hockey team ended their regular season with an 8-8 record and advanced to the state tournament.

“We had all grade levels contributing to our success this season on the varsity field. The girls should be proud of their efforts because we improved as a team and there was a great deal of individual progress as well,” varsity field hockey coach Emma Tuthill said.

Farmington fell to Guilford 2-1 in the first round of the state tournament.

Girls’ Crew- While crew does not have a record for their season, the teams finished in the top half of their respective categories at every race they attended. The varsity boat had the opportunity to race at the Head of the Charles race, while second varsity won the high school category at Worcester Championships.

“The team grew significantly by many learning how to row, others learning how to row the other side, and many accepting the new responsibilities of being on the varsity and junior varsity squad,” girls’ crew coach Chris DePaolo said.

Girls’ Cross Country- Ending their season with a 2-2 record, the girls’ cross country team had a successful season in which both new and old runners were ranked among the best at their meets. At the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) Freshmen Invitational, two freshmen runners placed in the top 10. Junior Julia Furmanek also placed as an all-CCC.

“Being a part of the cross country team is a great experience. Everyone is really supportive of one another,” freshman Sophie Shack said.

Girls’ Soccer- Finishing off the season with a 10-7-3 record, the girls’ soccer team was ranked 17th in Class L. The team had a big win against RHAM, the number one seed in the state tournament, winning the game 1-0 after a goal scored by junior Taylor Hennig.

“Everyone worked together and played really hard as a team. We all wanted to win so badly and that drive really pushed us to come out with the win against RHAM,” freshman varsity goalie Carolyn Ives said.

Girls’ soccer advanced in the State Tournament until they lost to Masuk 2-0 in the semi-finals.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving- The girls’ swim and dive completed their season with an ending record of 4-7. The ten swimmers qualified for the state tournament this year were seniors Jordan Sabio, Nina Strack and Claire Zimmerman, juniors Libby Sanford and Alexa Simpson, sophomores Joanne Le and Meera Neelati, and freshmen Nicole Sabio, Olivia Hoffman and Olivia Kuczynski.

“The team progressed throughout the season reaching new levels and competing with heart,” girls’ swim and dive coach Scott Ferrigno said.

Girls’ Volleyball- Girls’ volleyball has continued to be a powerhouse throughout the years. This year, the girls went 18-0 in the regular season. The team ultimately fell to RHAM in the state championship game. Before the championship game, the girls never dropped a set.

“Despite the loss in the championship, we are proud of our season. We competed at our highest level and were fortunate to be one of the teams playing [in the championship],” senior Mary Schoenherr said.

Cheerleading- Fall cheerleading completed many halftime routines and hit new stunts that had not yet been completed. The team also did stunts and a routine at the annual pep rally, led by senior captains Javiera Klenner and Lexi Liberno.

“The team really came together as a group and cooperated so well to make routines and cheers. We all became best friends and [grew] really close,” freshman cheerleader Bella Abreu said.