Sweeney earns fnter-ac AD’S Award
– DW OHDsW EHIoUH WHGnHsGDy nLJhW – wDs SUoEDEOy when she was given the MF1HLO 3DWULoW 6FhoODU Award, which is the highest award given out at dA and was awarded at the end of Sweeney’s junior year for character and academy achievement.
“cran is an outstanding HxDPSOH oI D FoPSOHWH sWuGHnW-DWhOHWH,” sDLG GA coach Peter Jennings, who has been Sweeney’s track DnG fiHOG FoDFh IoU WhH ODsW IouU yHDUs. “6hH hDs FhDOOHnJHG hHUsHOI wLWh GLIfiFuOW FouUsHs DnG shH hDs HxFHOOHG in them. She has found success in three different sports and on the track, she Wook Dn LnWHUHsW Ln huUGOLnJ during her sophomore year DnG GHvoWHG hHUsHOI IuOOy Wo OHDUnLnJ, SUDFWLFLnJ DnG SHUIHFWLnJ WhLs WHFhnLFDO HvHnW.”
ThDW Ls WhH WySH oI DWhOHWH that Sweeney has been since shH EHJDn SODyLnJ EDskHWEDOO 12 yHDUs DJo. AnG LW was that type of dedication which has earned her such a prestigious award.
“Beyond her accomSOLshPHnWs, FUDn Ls D JUHDW WHDPPDWH DnG D SOHDsuUH Wo FoDFh,” -HnnLnJs sDLG. “HHU SosLWLvH DSSUoDFh Wo DOO oI her pursuits and the joy she takes out of facing new FhDOOHnJHs PDkHs hHU D SHUIHFW FhoLFH IoU WhLs DwDUG.”
WhLOH 6wHHnHy showHG HxFHOOHnW EoWh on WhH WUDFk DnG on WhH soFFHU fiHOG, DnG whLOH shH sDys shH hDs never preferred one sport over another, she has been DFWLvHOy UHFUuLWHG Ey D nuPEHU oI EDskHWEDOO sFhooOs, LnFOuGLnJ EPoUy, 1Hw YoUk rniversity, Washington and iee, the rniversity of ChLFDJo DnG HDvHUIoUG CoOOHJH, DPonJ oWhHUs.
“f have no preference on any one sport, which is the great thing about high sFhooO EHFDusH , GLGn’W hDvH Wo IoFus on MusW onH WhLnJ,” said Sweeney, who is unsure oI whDW shH wLOO sWuGy Ln FoOOHJH, GHsSLWH OHDnLnJ Woward a major in humanities oU EusLnHss. “, DP OookLnJ forward to focusing on baskHWEDOO now, WhouJh. ThDW shouOG EH JUHDW Ln FoOOHJH.”
EPoUy Ls D WoS-20 DFDGHPLF sFhooO, whHUH 6wHHnHy wLOO EH D PHPEHU oI WhH woPHn’s EDskHWEDOO WHDP, D DLvLsLon 3 sFhooO whLFh finished this past season 13th ovHUDOO Ln WhH FounWUy.
During her time with the LDGy 3DWULoWs’ EDskHWEDOO team, Sweeney was a twoyHDU sWDUWHU DnG hHOSHG GA wLn WhUHH ,nWHU-AF WLWOHs, Ds wHOO Ds Wwo ,nGHSHnGHnW 6FhooOs sWDWH FhDPSLonships. She was named as 6HFonG THDP AOO-,nWHU-AF SODyHU WhLs SDsW yHDU DnG shH OHG WhH HnWLUH WHDP Ln DOO shooting percentage categoULHs, whLOH DOso EHLnJ WoS-20 Ln WhUHH-SoLnWHUs Ln DOO oI 6ouWhHDsWHUn 3HnnsyOvDnLD as a junior.
6wHHnHy wDs sHOHFWHG as a team captain and was awarded her team’s defensLvH PosW vDOuDEOH SODyHU award as a senior.
“FUDn OHIW hHU PDUk on GA EDskHWEDOO,” GA JLUOs’ EDskHWEDOO FoDFh 6hHUL RHWLI said. “As a junior, she hit the game-winning shot in a huJH wLn DJDLnsW ESLsFoSDO AFDGHPy DnG no onH wLOO ever forget that. fn the SDsW, shH hDs DOwDys EHHn D WhUHH-SoLnW sSHFLDOLsW, EuW this year, she was our best GHIHnsLvH SODyHU DnG shH hDG D ELJ yHDU. 6hH hHOSHG us Wo FOLnFh D wLn Gown Ln D WouUnDPHnW Ln AWODnWD wLWh her defense.
“, FouOGn’W WhLnk oI anyone more deserving for this award than cran. She Ls D wonGHUIuO UHSUHsHnWDWLvH oI GA DWhOHWLFs DnG , think it’s her sportsmanship DnG DFDGHPLFs whLFh UHDOOy PDkH hHU wonGHUIuO. 6hH was outstanding in her other sports and it was an honor Wo FoDFh hHU.”
ln the soccer team, Sweeney was a four-year sWDUWHU, SODyLnJ ouWsLGH PLGfiHOG whLOH sFoULnJ FOosH Wo 20 JoDOs Ln hHU FDUHHU. 6hH hHOSHG hHU WHDP wLn WhH 2012 ,nWHU-AF WLWOH, whLOH DOso EHLnJ SDUW oI Wwo sHFonG-SODFH finLshLnJ teams.
On WhH WUDFk, shH onOy OosW onH 100 PHWHU huUGOHs UDFH (finLshLnJ sHFonG) DnG hDs hDG IouU oI sLx fiUsW-SODFH finLshHs Ln WhH 300 PHWHU huUGOHs Ln OHDJuH PHHWs WhLs sHDson. 6wHHnHy DOso SODFHG IouUWh DW WhH ,nGHSHnGHnW 6FhooOs WouUnDPHnW ODsW yHDU whLOH FoPSHWLnJ DJDLnsW FoOOHJH-OHvHO WUDFk DWhOHWHs Ln whDW Ls FonsLGered her third best sport.
WhHn GA JLUOs’ soFFHU FoDFh ChULs 1HOson HnWHUHG the program two years ago, he knew of Sweeney’s DELOLWLHs on DnG oII WhH fiHOG. And he said that during that time, she has surpassed what he expected.
“6hH hDs SODyHG HvHUy sLnJOH PLnuWH sLnFH ,’vH EHHn hHUH,” 1HOson sDLG. “6hH’s D WLUHOHss woUkHU DnG shH’s WDOHnWHG DnG shH’s FoPSosHG in big situations. She’s a JUHDW OHDGHU DnG shH’s onH oI WhosH kLGs WhDW DGuOWs respect, kids respect and everyone respects. She’s the WoWDO SDFkDJH. , WhLnk shH’s D JUHDW DWhOHWH DnG Dn HvHn better person and f think this is sort of a great capping of hHU hLJh sFhooO FDUHHU. , can’t think of anyone more GHsHUvLnJ.”
ln top of being an honor sWuGHnW DnG on WoS oI DOO oI WhH DWhOHWLF DFhLHvHPHnWs and awards, Sweeney has DOso kHSW Eusy ouW oI WhH FODssUooP. AW GA, shH Ls Dn advisor for the dA Writing CHnWHU, whHUH shH hHOSs IHOOow sWuGHnWs Wo LPSUovH WhHLU writing. She has been doing so for a few hours a week since her sophomore year.
6wHHnHy Ls DOso D sHnLoU OHDGHU IoU WhH GA TuWoU Program, in addition to beLnJ D HousH 3UHIHFW OHDGHU DnG D sHnLoU OHDGHU wLWh WhH Community Service lrganization.
When asked what her UHDFWLon wDs Wo finGLnJ ouW WhDW shH wouOG EH DFFHSWLnJ WhH GLUOs’ ,nWHU-AF LHDJuH AWhOHWLF DLUHFWoUs’ AwDUG, Sweeney said she was surprised.
“f was just honored to be recognized with so many oWhHU JUHDW JLUOs, EuW LW wDs D suUSULsH,” 6wHHnHy sDLG. “, UHPHPEHU SHoSOH winning it from previous yHDUs DnG , nHvHU UHDOOy WhouJhW LW wouOG EH PH, so f’m just very happy it was. My FoDFhHs hHOSHG PH Dn LPPHnsH DPounW DOonJ WhH wDy DnG , OHDUnHG sWuII Ln soFFHU WhDW hHOSHG PH wLWh EDskHWEDOO DnG , OHDUnHG sWuII Ln EDskHWEDOO WhDW hHOSHG PH wLWh WUDFk. ,W DOO kLnG oI ovHUODSSHG.”
Sweeney accepted her award on Wednesday night Ln IUonW oI FoDFh RHWLI, onH of her teachers and both of her parents. The award was given in honor of Barbara iongstreth.
“ThLs Ls GHfinLWHOy onH oI Py finHsW hLJh sFhooO DFhLHvHPHnWs,” 6wHHnHy sDLG.
EDFh ,nWHU-AF sFhooO honoUHG onH sHnLoU JLUO. OWhHU 2013 honoUHHs LnFOuGH 1oUD MFCDOOLon (1oWUH DDPH), MoOOy 6hLHOGs (AJnHs ,UwLn), MDyD 3DWHO (BDOGwLn), .ULsWHn HLnFkOHy (ESLsFoSDO AFDGHPy), GLDnnD 3owHOO (6SULnJsLGH-ChHsWnuW HLOO) DnG .HOOy .uEDFh (3Hnn ChDUWHU).
Germantown Academy’s Fran Sweeney was named the winner of the Inter-Ac League’s Athletic Directors Award on Wednesday.