Breaking Swim Records, Basketball Senior Night, and More!

Upper School Swimming
At the district swim meet this past weekend, our girls placed 9th out of 13 teams with only two swimmers, Mattie ‘25 and Rayne ‘22, in the competition.
Mattie placed second in the 200 yard freestyle with a school record-breaking time of 1:59.62. She now owns two school records—100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle! In addition, Mattie took first place with a state-qualifying time of 5:34.66 in the 500 yard freestyle. This is the fifth individual event for which she's achieved the state time standard this season! 
Mattie will swim the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle in the 2022 NMAA State Swimming & Diving Championships this coming Saturday, February 19 at 2:30 pm. Spectator attendance at the meet is limited due to COVID-19 precautions, but you can check out all of the action online via live stream.  Meet stats can also be seen on the Meet Mobile app.
Rayne turned in a personal record of 3:00.81, smashing her previous personal best by five seconds, in the 200 yard individual medley taking 13th place! She also beat her previous personal best by 2.5 seconds in the 100 yard backstroke for a 20th place finish! This was an excellent end to Rayne's five-year career as a Bosque Bobcat swimmer. Many congratulations to her and best wishes for great things in the future!
Some great times were turned in by all of our swimmers at our last meet, the Manzano Invitational. Here's a quick summary:
Girls Swimming
Bailey ‘26 dropped 5.5 seconds to swim a personal record of 2:42.75 in the 200 yard individual medley, placing third and earning 16 points for the team! She also turned in a new personal record in the 100 yard freestyle of 1:03.97 to place sixth for 13 points! In addition, she's been selected as a member of the Junior Women's National Waterpolo Team!
Mattie continued her dominance in the 200 yard freestyle, swimming a 2:01.59 and bettering her state-qualifying time by nearly two seconds, and placing first for 20 points! She swam a super fast 1:03.36 in the 100 yard backstroke, placing first and earning 20 more points for the team!
The Bosque School girls placed seventh out of nine teams with only two swimmers entered. Great job, Bailey and Mattie!
Boys Swimming
Max ‘23 battled an injury to swim a near personal best 27.93 in the 50 yard freestyle, placing 19th in a field of 39 swimmers!
Steven continues to drop time with every swim turning in a personal record of 36.75 in the 50 yard freestyle, 1.5 seconds better than his previous personal best. In addition, he bettered his 100 yard freestyle by 3.5 seconds, swimming a 1:32.53!

Upper School Girls Basketball 
Last Tuesday at Senior Night, we honored Katia ‘22 and Raila ‘22 and their families for their incredible contributions to the girls basketball program.  

Sofia ‘23 enthusiastically spoke about Raila who won’t forget all the memories, especially practicing the “alley-oop and backward half-court shots.” Raila is known for her never-give-up attitude, tough defense, and three-point shooting, and has been a positive force for the team.  

Lena ‘24 spoke in a heartwarming way about her sister, Katia, and said, “I can’t imagine being on the court without you, but I know you’ll always be by my side wherever you are.” Katia has been with the girls basketball program for seven years and has acted as an integral starter for the past four years on the varsity team as our awesome point guard. Katia drives without fear, shoots with confidence, and leads our program with tenacity, pride, and inspiration.

Upper School Boys Basketball
Last Tuesday at Senior Night, we also honored Enrique ‘22, Everett ‘22, Anthony ‘22, Dayle ‘22 and their families for their incredible contributions to the boys basketball program. 

Coach Clifton Davidson wrote the following about his senior team members:

Dayle has been a phenomenal manager for the basketball program this season. She took a lot of her time to attend practices, games, and travel with both the boys and girls teams. She is always willing to do what is asked of her. Dayle has been a great addition to our team and will be greatly missed. My only regret is that she was only with the team this year.

Enrique is an amazing young man who came out as a senior this year. He has worked really hard and helps this team in many ways. It has been a privilege getting to know him, and our team is better, and taller, because of Enrique’s positive presence. I wish that he’d decided to play a few years ago, but we are very fortunate to have had him for this year. There is no doubt that there will be many opportunities for him in the future, and I look forward to watching his continued growth. Thank you also to Mr. Garcia for driving our boys on the bus this year. You really stepped up big.

Everett is a fantastic individual who has played for five years for the Bosque School varsity basketball program. He has dedicated himself to improving every year and has achieved great success due to his incredible work ethic at Bosque. I am proud of the effort that he puts into playing basketball and being a positive leader of this team. Everett overcame a serious injury at the beginning of this year, but he did not let this hurdle get in the way of playing his senior year.  Although doctors at first said that it was not going to be possible to play due to the severity of the injury, with months of serious rehabilitation and physical therapy, Everett is not only playing but back into the starting line-up. He displayed an enormous level of courage and determination for overcoming this major adversity. Everett is also a valuable member of the 2020 state championship basketball team, the first in Bosque School history. Our program is better because of his time here, and he will be greatly missed.

Anthony is also a five-year member of the Bosque School varsity basketball program. Anthony has improved every year since taking the team by storm and becoming a starter in 8th grade. Barring illness, he has started every game since then. He is a phenomenal player and an even better human being, approaching everything he does with maximum effort and pride. Anthony will graduate as the all-time leader in three-pointers taken (456) and made (183) in Bosque School history while shooting 40% from the field. Anthony is also a member of the 2020 state championship basketball team, the first in Bosque School history. He is also the only member of that team to play every minute of every game in the state tournament. His contributions to this program cannot be overstated. Anthony has set a standard of excellence to which all future Bobcats will aspire, and he will be greatly missed.

Middle School Boys Basketball
Team One has one more game in the regular season before tournament play starts next week!  Josiah ‘27, Luca ‘27, and Owen ‘27 are leading this exciting team with back-to-back wins and hoping for the trifecta to give them momentum and good seeding for the tournament playoffs. Luca says this about his team, “We’re coming together as a team! We’re passing well and learning how to play better together. It’s been fun!”

Team Two is peaking at the right time with the playoffs coming up next week! We had an exciting victory followed by a fiercely close last season game versus one of the strongest teams in the league. All of our 7th graders have demonstrated exceptional leadership on and off the court and have been role models for all of the 6th graders. Co-captain Gael ‘27 says, “It’s been a very fun season with a lot of learning. I think we’ve really grown as a team and we are much better than at the beginning of the season. I definitely recommend trying a new sport!”

GO, BOBCATS! Stay tuned for spring sports news in our March issue of the Buzz.