Senior Sweeney Plans to Soar at Emory
After her official visit to Emory University earlier this month, team captain, Fran Sweeney '13 made her decision to play for the Eagles. The Emory Eagles are one of the top ten DIII Programs in the country. They are ranked 7th Nationally in DIII News preseason poll. Their pace is uptempo, averaging 73 ppg last season. Fran commented, “I chose Emory because it seemed like the perfect fit for me. The academics are challenging and I love the basketball team and their style of play.” While Fran is not sure of her area of study, she was impressed with the overall academic opportunities. “I know that at the end of my four years, I will be prepared for life after college.”
Eagles Head Coach Christy Thomaskutty is excited to have Fran join the program. In a phone conversation with Coach Retif, Coach Thomaskutty commented, “Fran’s game is fundamentally solid. We had a chance to see her play during the summer and again at the elite camp. We
couldn’t find a flaw in her game. I am also very impressed with the way she bonded with the players during her visit to campus.”
Fran shared a reciprocal experience, “I felt really comfortable with all of the coaches and players, and I know that I will have a great support system when I get there.” Fortunately, Fran has another year with the GA Patriots before moving on to GA! As a junior, Fran led the Patriots in free
throw, field goal and 3-point percentage and was recognized with All Inter-Ac honors.
Prior to Sweeney’s commitment to the Eagles, she also considered Haverford, UChicago, Washington and Lee, and NYU.
Doty, Carey Offer Insights to GA Players
On the evening of Monday, August 13, GA basketball alumnae, Caroline Doty ‘08 and Jesse Carey ‘09, took time from their rare summer respites to conduct a private clinic for upper and middle school students. Doty, a two-time NCAA National Champion at UConn, and Carey, point guard for the Villanova Wildcats, might be fierce Big East rivals during the season, but otherwise they are former teammates and very close friends.
For two and a half hours, Doty and Carey shared insights into the reality of competing at
the Division I level, ran the young Patriots through drills and offensive and defensive sets, and opined on the importance of understanding the tentative nature of the game. Doty, whose career has been interrupted by three separate knee injuries talked about the challenges she faced in each instance and how her health struggles ultimately led to revelations regarding the importance of team and selflessness. Carey added the importance of enjoying each moment that one has in the pursuit of their dreams, as well as making the most of one's high school years' at GA.
The GA girls listened intently and enjoyed the interaction with these Patriot legends. Senior Captain, Fran Sweeney remarked, “Working with Caroline and Jesse was a great experience. They shed a lot of knowledge about their high school and college experiences that was useful for on and off the court situations. They are awesome role models that have left such a significant mark on GA girls’ basketball history. It was an honor to learn from them!” Kiernan McCloskey, also a captain of the 2013 Team added, "Getting to work with Jesse and Caroline was a great experience that not many players our age are lucky enough to have. It was awesome to not only learn from two of the best players to ever where a GA uniform, but to also hear their stories."
Coach Retif was very appreciative of the time and effort shared by these alumnae. “Caroline and Jesse were always exemplary players, always putting the team ahead of their individual pursuits. It’s indicative of their character that they would come back to GA to give back. They are outstanding women and excellent representatives of the Academy.
McCloskey '13 Picks Lehigh
Kiernan McCloskey, a 6'1 All-Inter Ac First Team Selection, will play college hoops in the Patriot League. Kiernan averaged a double-double her junior season with 11 points and 10 rebounds and is one of three captains for the '13 season.
"I chose Lehigh because it offered me the perfect combination of a great school and a great basketball team. It's close to home and I really felt comfortable on campus and with the team and
coaches. I'd like to major in finance and Lehigh's strong academic reputation was something that was important to both me and my parents. I'm thankful for the opportunities ahead of me and looking forward to all that my senior year at Germantown Academy has to offer."
Other schools under consideration were Penn, Princeton, Lafaytette, Drexel, Richmond, and Fordham.