By Mairead Mark, Sports Editor
Seniors Caroline Gmelich and Lily Scott attended award celebrations on May 21 in honor of their achievements in and out of the pool. Gmelich was selected as this year’s state Scholar Athlete from Trinity Hall for exhibiting excellence in both academic and athletic areas, while Scott is the school’s pick for the Shore Conference Sportsmanship award, that recognizes qualities of leadership, athleticism, character and understanding of sportsmanship.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) hosted its 24th annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon this year at Pines Manor in Edison, which Gmelich attended with her mother and head swim coach Alyssa Morreale. Since the annual luncheon originated, the NJSIAA has honored 7,300 scholar athletes and appointed over $1,900,000 in scholarships. At the luncheon, Gmelich received a $500 scholarship from the Shore Conference Coaches Association. Gmelich also was the school’s nominee to the NJISAA Prep Schools Jan Baker award, which recognizes female athletes that exhibit academic and athletic success during their four years of high school.
“I have been working at strengthening my academics and my athletics throughout my career at Trinity Hall, and I am so excited to be recognized for my accomplishments,” Gmelich said. “Representing Trinity Hall is always an honor for me and putting our name out there is even a more rewarding feeling.”
Scott, along with Director of Athletics Ken Santos, travelled to the Pine Belt Arena where the Shore Conference hosted its annual Senior Sportsmanship Award Banquet. Every member school had a female and male representative, and Scott was honored for her selflessness on the school’s swim team. “It’s truly a remarkable honor to receive such a distinguishable award. I think for myself and every student-athlete at Trinity Hall, it’s crucial to support one another as well as act kindly towards each other while on and off the field, court, pool or any other athletic environment,” Scott said.
When deciding on who would be selected for these awards, Santos explained that committees at the school sat down and reviewed all potential candidates. For the Scholar Athlete, “A few of us met and looked at [candidates] GPA’s and academic and athletic accomplishments,” said Santos. For the Sportsmanship Award, “there was a group of nominees from several coaches.” Santos added that future senior athletes will all be eligible for these awards for the years to come.
In addition to these two individual accolades, the swim team as a whole was also recognized by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for this year’s accomplishments. Freeholders Thomas Arnone and Serena DiMaso joined Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk and mother to freshman Grace Hanlon, presented a resolution at Trinity Hall on June 1, declaring that date to be commemorated as “Trinity Hall Swim Day” for the team’s impressive achievements this season.
To further celebrate their successes, the school presented each swimmer with a Trinity Hall towel as a gift for winning the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championship for the second consecutive year.