With most of the league’s boys teams off this past week, the HAN-FCIAC Athlete of the Week nominees are all girls for Week 10. Several of the FCIAC girls’ teams made state championship runs in Week 10 of the fall season, as you can read below.
As the official broadcasting partner of the FCIAC, the HAN Network each week recognizes the top male and a female athletes during each week of the season.
The HAN Network sports staff nominates the athletes. The winners are then chosen in an online poll (at the bottom of this post) and saluted on the FCIAC Tailgate program before the HAN Network football game of the week. Last week’s winners were C.J. Varian of Ridgefield Football and Abbie Wolf of Greenwich Volleyball.
The next live game on HAN is the Turkey Bowl/FCIAC Championship between Darien (8-0) and New Canaan (8-0) on Thanksgiving morning. Details on how and when to watch are here.
The nominees are below, an online voting ballot follows the list of nominees.
Jenna Bike, St. Joseph Soccer
Bike ended her career in style, scoring the game-winning goals in the Cadets’ victories in the Class L semifinals and finals last week. She scored twice in the semis and her second goal put St. Joseph up 3-1 over Pomperaug with 36:51 remaining. That goal proved to be the decisive one as the Cadets won, 3-2. Bike then scored in the 18th minute of the final, as the Cadets went on to beat Suffield, 2-0, for the championship.
Emily Conley, New Canaan Field Hockey
Conley, the Rams’ senior goalie, had a shutout as seventh-seeded New Canaan claimed its first state championship since 2003 with a 1-0 win over No. 1 Joel Barlow in the Class M final on Saturday. Conley wasn’t tested until late in the game, but made four huge saves down the stretch as the Falcons earned five penalty corners in the last eight minutes. Conley also had a shutout in the semifinals, making a pair of saves as New Canaan beat third-seeded Lauralton Hall 2-0.
Jillian Mahon, Wilton Field Hockey
Mahon scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the sixth-seeded Warriors defeated No. 5 Cheshire, 1-0, in the Class L final on Saturday. Mahon scored the goal off a cross from teammate Emma Rosen with just 1:57 remaining in the extra session. Mahon also had a goal when Wilton routed No. 2 Conard 5-0 in the semifinals last Tuesday.
Olivia Albenze, Fairfield Ludlowe Volleyball
Albenze racked up 23 assists as Ludlowe won the Class LL championship, 3-0, over the Greenwich Cardinals on Saturday. Albenze also had seven assists and three service points. The Falcons won the first two sets in nailbiters before taking the third frame to win 26-24, 25-23, 25-16. She also had 46 assists and 10 digs in Ludlowe’s four-set win over No. 4 Cheshire 25014, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 in the semifinals.
Marcie Maguire, Ridgefield Swimming
Maguire broke the state record in the 100-yard backstroke not once, but twice during a five-day span last week. At the Class LL meet on Tuesday, she won in 54.91, breaking the old mark of 55.11 set in 2011. Her new record lasted until Saturday, when she again struck gold with a time of 54.13.
Maguire also set a Class LL mark of 1:50.27 in the 200 freestyle, winning that event at the Open as well in 1:50.18.
She was also part of Ridgefield’s winning 200 medley relay team at the Class LL meet, and was on the 400 freestyle relay team, which was second in Class LL and at the Open
Rachel Burston, Westhill/Stamford Diving
Burston set a new state record with 534.75 points at the State Open diving competition in Middletown on Nov. 19. Burston is a three-time All-American diver who will attend North Carolina State. Her State Open time broke the old record of 533.40, which she had recently set at the Class LL meet. Burston’s State Open score won by more than 50 points over Newtown’s Kari Djonne, who scored 488.20.
Mia Bullock, Staples Swimming
Bullock captured State Open titles in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.42) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.52) during the final at Yale University on Nov. 21. Bullock, who will swim for Fordham University, won both those events in the Class LL meet as well, finishing the 200 IM in 2:04.54, and the 100 fly in 54.40.
Katie Colwell, New Canaan Swimming
Colwell collected three gold medals at the Class L meet and added three more at the State Open during last week’s state swimming finals.
At the Class L meet, Colwell won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.62 and was part of the Rams’ winning 200 freestyle relay (1:36.72) and the 400 freestyle relay, which broke the Class L record with a time of 3:29.05. She was also second in the 100 freestyle (51.33).
At the Open, Colwell won the 100 freestyle in 51.11, and was again part of winning relays in the 200 freestyle (1:36.72) and 400 freestyle (3:28.30).
Sarah Grinalds, Fairfield Ludlowe Swimming
Grinalds, a sophomore, broke the CIAC Class LL record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.51. She also claimed first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.00.
Four days later, Grinalds grab two more victories, winning the State Open 50 freestyle in 23.47, and the 500 freestyle in 4:56.60.
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