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Recap of SEM’s Fall Sports

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From the hours on the erg to the miles on the trail, Buffalo Seminary’s eight fall sports all had memorable seasons. When the season ended SEM had sent swimming, soccer and cross country to the All-Catholics! Sailing tied for first in the Western New York Regatta Fall Invite. Crew, Field Hockey and Golf all had highs and look to next fall. While winter sports have their shot now, here is a recap of the season.

Natalia Vaquero ’18 getting the ball past her opponent.

Varsity Soccer started the fall as last year’s Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association B Division champions. Sophia Vaquero ’18 believes that the peak of the season this year was their October 16 game against Niagara Catholic High School at their home field. While it was away there was still a large amount of SEM supporters there to watch. They dominated the field that game and won 7-3. Sophia said, “It was nice to finally see all the hard work we have put into the team come to life and the outcome of it.” The soccer team went to the B Division Championship again, but fell 5-0 to Cardinal O’Hara.

Varsity Swimming’s peak this year was said to be the match against Mount Saint Mary’s Academy. The swim meet took place on October 2 at Buffalo State’s Kissinger Pool. While SEM’s team did not win they were the closest they have been to all season. In addition, the stands were full of SEM students, faculty, and family which really motivated the team to excel. Mags Ingalls ’20 said, “The energy was awesome there and to almost win made the whole team happy no matter what the outcome was.”


Julia Beck ’20 and Isabel Finkbeiner ’19 sailing down to the mark.

Sailing this year also took on tough completion and even tougher conditions. While it seems obvious that it would be no fun sailing in 40-degree weather with wind gusts up to 35 mph that didn’t stop SEM sailing. The sailing team’s peak this year was their first regatta at home where they raced against all of Western New York, including teams from Rochester, and Chautauqua. Out of 17 teams, SEM tied for 1st place with the Nichols team. Co-Captain Sydney Adams ’18 said “This sailing team has grown so much over the past few years and it awesome to finally see the results of all this hard work.”

Also on the water this year was SEM’s Varsity Crew. Crew’s peak was their regatta in Saratoga. On October 29 crew traveled to Saratoga Lake Marine Park and competed in a two-day regatta. Overall the score for the whole SEM team placed 27 out of 34 in an extremely competitive fleet. Maggie Rose Bontempo ’18 said, “I think that everyone is proud of themselves and how hard we worked to get to Saratoga.”

Varsity Field Hockey this fall had a great season and even better support. Their peck of the season was there game against Newfane High School. While this was the only game they won this season the girls are still proud of all they achieved. On October 17th the SEM Varsity field hockey team traveled to Newfane High School and beat them 1-0. Kaitlyn Lane ’19 said “The Newfane game was awesome because we finally got to win and show off what we had been practicing for so long.”

The 2017 Junior Varsity Field Hockey team.

Junior Varsity Field Hockey also had a strong year. While there were many amazing moments the peak of the season was their game against Sacred Heart Academy on October 5th. The team won 2-1 with no subs. Sara Barone ’20 said, “I am super proud of the JV team for that win against Sacred Heart. It was super hard having to play the whole game without anyone subbing, but we did and we won so it was worth it in the end.”

While Golf did not have a certain game that was their peak, they did have an amazing season overall. The captain of the golf team Shelby Kmidowski ’18 believes one of their many peaks was the stepping up of the underclassman on the team. Because a large portion of the team is seniors there will be a large drop in numbers of next year but luckily Shelby believes there is a lot of young talent on the team. “This team is full of talent and it shows with our end of the year scores.”  

Maggie McHale ’18 racing to the Knox Farm finish line.

Last but certainly not least was Cross Country. This year Cross Country’s peak was their All Catholic Race at Knox Farm. On November 5th the whole team raced in gruesome weather which included sideways rain and lots of mud. Lydia Abbott ’19 said  “That All Catholics Race was crazy to be a part of, but in the end, it was awesome to see so many successful outcomes for our team.”

This year SEM’s fall sports teams have shown sportsmanship and resilience all season long while being challenged by their competition. This season has shown that 2018’s fall sports will come back with another exciting year. While it is sad to see the end of a few sports until next year we can all look forward to the start of winter sports.

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