Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra aquatics director and girls water polo head coach, is stationed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ertel, a two-time Olympian will be commentating on the women’s water polo and triathlete events for NBC throughout the two-week long games in London.
” I am excited to be a part of the Olympic games in a different way than as an athlete. I had the pleasure of playing in the games twice before and this will be my second time commentating for NBC. I enjoy being a part of the games there is so much excitement,” said Swail-Ertel.
Ertel will be commentating Wednesday, August 1 on NBC, for the women’s water polo matches.
After the season, coach Brett Kay made it clear that he wanted to have the Lions playing all summer against top level talent. Since the school year ended, the Lions have played ball every week as part of an intensive schedule drawn up by Kay and his coaching staff. We caught up with Kay to see how things were shaping up for the Lions in summer ball.
Capistrano Dispatch: It looks like your team has been busy this summer. What’s on the schedule this week?
Brett Kay: We’ve been very busy. We just got back from playing in Fresno at the Buchannon Baseball Summer Elite Tournament (July 6 to July 8), and we are on our way to the OC Valley Challenge (July 12) where we’ll play against teams like Harvard Westlake.
CD: How do you feel the team held up at the Buchannon Tournament?
BK: I used the first couple of games as a measuring stick. We have a lot of new players that were coming in, and we played well in the first two games. I was happy to see that.
CD: Tell us what this summer schedule will do for the young players on your team. How will it help the older guys?
BK: We’ve already played 17 games up to this point and we still have five more to go so we’ve played a ton of games. The main thing is to build experience for all the kids. We have a lot of guys missing out on this because of their travel ball teams, but it’s given us a chance to see other guys step up.
Congratulations to the JSerra Pep Squad earning several outstanding achievements at the Summer Cheerleading and Songleading Camp. The Elite High School Cheerleading and Songleading Camp was hosted at UC Irvine by United Spirit Association (USA) and encompassed four days of intense cheerleading and songleading training. With nearly 400 other high school students, the JSerra Pep Squad stood out as one of the top squads.
JSerra earned three overall superior plaques in the varsity cheer, varsity song and freshman/JV cheer categories, for content taught at camp.
In addition to Superior rankings, JSerra also earned the prestigious title of JV Stunt Challenge Winners. Freshman squad members, Avrial Barretto, Makenzie Beach, Gemma Hartigan, Emma James and Megan Lasken advanced through the semi-final round and won the entire competition. The girls competed against over 20 other JV stunt groups to walk away with the Overall Stunt Challenge Title. They were the only freshman squad to represent in the final round and ended up winning the JV title.
JSerra was also fortunate enough to have two finalists represent in the Dace Star competition, senior Brittany Leland and junior Gianna Sciortino.
On an individual level, JSerra had six semi-finalists out of 50 competitors including JSerra seniors Elle Avery and Rachel Dupont, juniors Annie Pfost and Bri Porrello, and freshmen Miranda Balderas and Makenzie Beach compete in the Spirit Star competition.
Other awards earned over the weekend include: Overall Spirit Award (Varsity Cheer & Varsity Song, JV Cheer and Freshman Cheer) and Most Improved Squad at Camp (JV Cheer). For their high achievements, JSerra Pep Squad members were also invited to perform in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl in January, 2013 as well as in London this Winter, 2012.
For more information regarding JSerra Pep Squad, please contact Advisor Sam Shen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JSerra sent two students to the tryouts for the Olympics team headed for London this summer.
Two now-sophomore girl swimmers from JSerra Catholic School got an early-life Olympic moment last week as they tried out for a spot on the national swim team headed to London this summer.
Alas, they did not make the cut, but considering that they just finished their first year in high school, we’re betting they’ll be back.
The best showing for Katie McLaughlin of Dana Point was finishing 28th in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 1:00:39.
She just barely cracked the top 50 in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 56.62. She was disqualified in the 200 meters butterfly.
Kaitlyn Albertoli of San Clemente, competed in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, finishing 113th of 154 swimmers with a time of 26.65 seconds.
About 1,800 swimmers competed last week in Omaha for a chance on this year’s summer Olympic team. JSerra swim coach Mary McLaughlin (and Katie’s mom) said only .03 of all swimmers even get the chance to compete.
In a press release, Albertoli said, “I am very excited to have even qualified, I’ve trained so hard to make it and I always strive to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” She is a JSerra Online student.