By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jul. 25, 2018: It is not easy to be a college athlete, but twelve 2014 college graduates who grew up in Bronxville just completed four years of playing at the college level. Claire Sargent, a four-year varsity track and field athlete at Haverford College, ended her collegiate career on a high note. She won her fourth career Centennial Conference Championship in the shot put at the Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. Her first-place finish helped the Haverford Fords place fifth overall.
This spring at the championships, Sargent broke her own school record in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 11 inches. Her previous record, 40 feet, 11 inches, earned her a first-place finish at the championships last year. Sargent also earned two first-place finishes in the shot put at the indoor championships in 2016 and 2018.
Overall, Sargent ended up setting four school records at Haverford for indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, weight throw (indoor), and the hammer (outdoor). She graduated in May with a BS in mathematics and will be starting at Vanguard in August.
Eight of Sargent's classmates from Bronxville High School also just completed four years of college athletics: Henry Lilly, Matt Behrens, Owen Jones, John Flannery, Bridget Reilly, Emma Hutchings, Will Duncan, and Morgan Nobles. Other Bronxville-area graduates who were collegiate varsity athletes include Patrick Conaton, Pierson Broadwater, and Ben Shively. Summaries of their accomplishments are below.
Henry Lilly, lacrosse, Holy Cross
In the 2018 season, Lilly played in all 13 games, scored four points, picked up 34 ground balls, and caused 14 turnovers. He was a member of the Patriot League honor roll.
Matt Behrens, lacrosse, Georgetown
Behrens played in all 61 games, starting 13, during his four-year tenure with the Hoyas on the offensive unit. During Behrens's four-year career, he scored 30 goals to go with 15 assists for 45 points while hauling in 36 ground balls. Georgetown won the 2018 BIG EAST Championship for the first time in program history and played in the 2018 NCAA tournament. As previously reported, he won the national One Love's Unsung Hero Award his senior year. He was named to the Big East All-Academic Team all four years.
Owen Jones, lacrosse, Yale
Jones, a senior FOGO, was a member of the most decorated athletic class in Yale's history. He played in 16 career games for a team that won the Ivy League Championship twice and made four NCAA tournament appearances, winning the National Championship this past May.
John Flannery, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Notre Dame
A three-sport athlete at Notre Dame, Flannery ran both cross country and track and field for four years. He earned extra eligibility because of injuries suffered during his time at Notre Dame and will be running at Syracuse in the fall while he attends graduate school. At Notre Dame, Flannery was on the ACC Academic Honor Roll for his last two years and was also part of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, which is for any athlete who has earned a varsity letter.
Bridget Reilly, swimming, Providence
Reilly competed for the Friars for four years as a freestyle swimmer. In her senior year, she placed third in the 500-yard free (5:21.86) at the BIG EAST Tri-Meet in New Providence, New Jersey. Reilly scored a total of 52 points during her collegiate swim career.
Emma Hutchings, swimming, University of Tampa
As a junior, Hutchings posted top times in the 1000 free (10:52.95), 1650 free (18:11.08), 500 free (5:19.56), and 200 free (2:00.48) at the Sunshine State Conference Championships. As a senior, she finished second in the 500 free (5:20.85) at the SSC Championships.
Will Duncan, lacrosse, Providence
Morgan Nobles, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Lafayette
A four-year, three-sport athlete, Nobles ran distance for the Leopards and over the course of her collegiate career had multiple top-ten finishes in the 800m, 3000m, and 5000m. This past spring, Nobles set a personal record in the 3000m steeplechase (12:02.00) and in May also set a personal record in the 5000m at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 19:32.61.
Patrick Conaton, swimming, Stanford
Conaton, a 2014 Fordham Prep grad, was a second-year captain this year and helped the Cardinals win back-to-back Pac-12 Championships in 2016 and 2017. Conaton owns six top-ten finishes at the championships, including a fourth-place finish in the 200-back in 2017. During his junior year, he was named to the 2017 Pac-12 All-Academic second team and was recognized with CSCAA Academic All-American honors. Conaton was a redshirt senior this past year due to injuries and will compete at Stanford next year while attending graduate school.
Pierson Broadwater, squash, Yale
A 2014 graduate of Horace Mann, Broadwater played all four years for the Bulldogs, always playing in the top nine and never missing a match. The highlight of his squash career at Yale came in his sophomore year when the Bulldogs won both the Ivy League and the national championships. This coming year, Broadwater will be completing a Yale fellowship in Japan.
Ben Shively, lacrosse, Wesleyan
Shively, who graduated from the Westminister School in 2014, played all four years at Wesleyan, scoring 17 career goals. During his senior season, he played in all 22 games, picked up 56 ground balls, caused 10 turnovers, and scored seven goals. Shively received ISILA All-American Honorable Mention and All-New England second team honors in both 2017 and 2018.
Pictured here: Claire Sargent.
Photo courtesy Ms. Sargent