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Cross Country States

Capturing their first-ever state title, Potomac's boys cross country team completed their season in winning fashion! Charlie Ortmans '23 led the charge with his individual win, earning the title of state champion. Sasha Minsky '24 and Alex Mathews '24 both earned All-State honors with their respective fourth and 15th place finishes. Eli Levine '26 was the fourth-fastest freshman of the day, with a 27th place finish.

Continuing their record-breaking season, the girls cross country team captured bronze at states. This was the team's highest-ever finish in the Division 1 category. Showing their depth, the girls had four runners earn All-State honors: Arielle Kouyoumdjian ’25 (fifth place), Genevieve Harris ’23 (11th place), Kate Tuttle ’24 (12th place), and Emmy Holland ’24 (19th place). Congrats to all the runners from both teams on a remarkable season!

Girls Tennis States

The girls varsity tennis team closed out the season in Richmond, where they lost in a hard-fought match to Collegiate in the Division 1 state finals. The team beat Flint Hill (5-1) in the quarterfinals and Saint Catherine's School (5-2) in the semifinals. The entire team had a great season, finishing with a 16-4 record and a second place finish in the ISL AA, behind nationally ranked Sidwell Friends. Seniors and co-captains Lauren Foster and Maia Phillips were heavy contributors to the varsity program's success over the past four years. During their freshman year, the team won the first girls Division 1 state tennis tournament in Potomac School history; they then made it to the state finals in both 2021 and 2022.

Varsity Football

Following the exciting win against Maret at Friday Night Lights, the varsity football team wrapped up its regular season last Friday with a 45-0 win over Sidwell Friends. With a 6-2 record (3-1 conference), the team finished as co-champions of the Mid Atlantic Conference for the first time since 2011. The team is ranked second in the state and will next play Trinity Episcopal in Richmond on Saturday, November 12, at 1:00 pm in the state semifinals. Read the coverage from Sun Gazette on the team's win over Sidwell and check out Potomac parent Becky Cullinan's photo gallery for more pics.

MAC Golf

The Potomac varsity golf team concluded its regular season with back-to-back wins against Maret (167-173) and Mercersburg Academy (159-165) to finish with a 7-1 dual match record. The team finished its season by playing in the MAC Tournament at Falls Road Golf Club. Michael Fairbank '26 shot an impressive 75 to finish in a three-way tie as MAC tri-champion. The team finished in second place on the day with a combined score of 331. Maret led all teams with a final score of 322. Sam Cristinzio '23 and Charlie Djorup '23 joined Fairbank on the 10-member All MAC team. Photos can be found here.

Girls soccer

After clinching the ISL tournament last Friday at Episcopal, the varsity girls soccer team competed in the semifinals vs. Paul VI and was victorious in a 2-0 win, with goals from Allison Griswold '26 and Sienna Staver '23. Today the varsity girls soccer team takes on Bishop O'Connell at 2:30 pm at home. The teams tied 1-1 in their previous meet up during the regular season. See photos from their ISL championship game against Sidwell.

Boys Varsity Soccer

Last week, boys varsity soccer clinched the tournament championship with wins over Georgetown Day School (4-2) and Maret (4-0). The top-seeded Panthers won both the regular season and the tournament title in the MAC, a feat not accomplished by PBVS since 1998. 

Patrick Ritter ’25 put away a penalty kick in the first half against GDS; followed by second half goals (and assists) from Luke Britton ’25 (Scott Landry ‘23), Watt Marin ’23 (Landry), and Ritter (PK). In the finals of the MAC tournament against Maret, Davide Bertuzzi ’23 recorded his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Landry. In the second half, Marshall Lloyd ’25 (Landry), JP Sosnitsky ’25 (Marin), and Landry helped the Panthers to a 4-0 victory. This is the tenth shutout for starting keeper Walker Lyall ’24 who, with help from his defensive unit Mac Wilson ‘24 (captain), Eli Butler ‘24, Britton, Bertuzzi, and Miles Monroe ‘23 (captain), have lead the Panther’s to a record of 15-1-2, allowing only 15 goals in 18 games and a number three ranking in the State.

The team defeated Paul VI (1-0) in the quarterfinals of the VISAA state tournament on Monday. The lone goal was scored by Colin Cordell ‘25 and assisted by Ritter. Lyall recorded his 11th “clean sheet”. The team saw this historic season come to an end last night with a 0-1 loss to St. Christopher’s in the state semifinals. Congrats on a great season PBVS!

Read the Washington Post's coverage for more.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The varsity girls soccer team advanced to their second consecutive AA ISL championship game on November 4, after defeating Stone Ridge 3-1 in the semifinals yesterday. That game will be livestreamed here. On Monday, the Panthers comfortably took care of St. Stephen's and St. Agnes 4-2 in the quarterfinals. Reagan Exley '24 started the scoring in the first after she broke free in the box and slipped the ball past the keeper. Alden Marin '26 added another goal on a breakaway in the second half. Ryan Wilson '23 and Samantha Taylormoore '23 cemented the victory with two penalty kicks. Yesterday, PGVS traveled to Stone Ridge to take on the Gators. Ally Griswold '23 opened the scoring with a clean up goal. Megan Rowe '24 lit up the scoreboard with a 25 yard rocket that sent our Potomac fans into a frenzy. In the second half, the Panther defense lived up to its billing and shut down the gators and their offense stars. Rowe added a second goal (PK) after Exley eluded several defenders and was taken down in the box. Amory Imperatore '25 and the Panthers defense played an incredible game to keep the Gators at bay. PGVS takes on Sidwell this Friday in the championship game. Enjoy photos from the game.

Girls varsity tennis

Girls varsity tennis finished the regular season winning three matches against NCS, Mercersburg, and Holy Cross. Sophomore Leela Iyer shone in the regular season with a singles record of 14-2. The team defeated Maret, 6-1, on Monday in the ISL AA quarterfinals as the number-two seed. They lost a close match, 3-4, versus Holton-Arms on Tuesday in the ISL AA semifinal. The team is now setting their sights on the state tournament, scheduled to begin November 8, where they expect to maintain their standing. Pictures can be found here.

2021 Fall All-Met

Four Potomac student-athletes earned spots on The Washington Post's Fall 2021 All-Met list. Please join us in congratulating 

  • Kylie Mckinley '23: first team (field hockey)
  • Charlie Ortmans '23: second team (cross country)
  • Helen Otteni '22: second team (girls soccer)
  • Marcel Gaskins '23: honorable mention (football)
Backyard Wrestling Classic

Last Saturday, your grappling Panthers celebrated the start of their regular season at the second annual Backyard Classic, an outdoor wrestling event held on the Turf Field. Potomac wrestled against our cross-river rival, Sidwell Friends, in a series of exhibition matches. Chase Edwards '22, Will DeCamp '22, Bram Halper '22, Richard Perry '25, and Jeremy DeLaVille '24 all scored victories. Both teams were cheered on by a sizeable crowd that gathered at mat's edge. The wrestling squad next sees action this Saturday in a home Super Quad. Click here for photos from the meet.

MLK Tournamnet

Potomac will host its inaugural “I Have a Dream Classic” on January 14-15 to celebrate the legacy, the work, and the service of Dr. Martin Luther King. In partnership with Parents of Black Students (PBS), we will be hosting basketball games, a line dance class, a spoken word event, and so much more! Please look out for additional information in the next edition of Paw Prints.

Girls Varsity Basketball

After two years away from the court, both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams advanced to the finals of Potomac's Tip-Off Tournament, with the girls being crowned tournament champions. In the opener, the girls team wasted no time flexing their muscles as they took down a stubborn Seton School in the opening round. Kayla Rolph '22 scored 23 points and added 13 rebounds. Catherine Letendre '25 and Caelan McCormack '23 chipped in with 11 and 7 points, respectively.

In the championship game, the Panthers sprinted out to a 13 point lead at halftime against John Paul the Great (JPG) and never looked back as they cruised to a 65-28 win. Rolph took the scoring honors with a high of 30 points, and Skylar Giuliani '25 owned the boards with 14 rebounds. Pictures from the tournament can be found here.

A quick turnaround had Potomac traveling to JPG three days later with a spirited Wolves team giving the Panthers all they could handle on the road. In the end, Potomac held on for their third win 59-49. Rolph continues to lead all scorers (30 points) and Letendre was perfect from the free throw line (7 for 7) while adding 11 points. The team will play in the prestigious She Got Game showcase tournament this weekend. 

The boys team lost in an overtime heartbreaker to St. Mary’s Ryken in the championship game of the Tip-Off. The team looks to rebound tonight at home at their MAC opener versus St. James at 5:00 pm. 

Varsity Swimming

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams kicked off their 2021-22 season this past Tuesday in a dual meet with Stone Ridge and Gonzaga at Stone Ridge Aquatic Center. 
 
The girls 200 medley relay team of Leila Bodner '24, Maren Schwarz '25, Annabel Lee '22, and Hannah Bell '22 placed third. Bodner had a great night, swimming into second place in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle. Grace Lee '23 was third in the 100 freestyle. Schwarz tied for first place in the 100 breaststroke, and Annabel Lee finished third in the same event. Our girls 200 freestyle relay team of Schwarz, Grace Lee, Annabel Lee, and Helen Otteni '22 swam into third. And in an exciting end to the meet, the girls 400 freestyle relay team of Bodner, Grace Lee, Bell, and Sam Taylormoore '23 finished first over Stone Ridge.
 
Will Walters '24, Arav Bhargava '24, Brock Schedler '23, and Rajan Bhargava '22 started the meet off with a third place finish in the boys 200 medley relay. Walters placed third in the 200 individual medley and in the 100 backstroke. Sasha Minksy '24 and Ale Wick '25 placed second and third in the 500 freestyle. The 200 freestyle relay team of Walters, Rajan, and Arav Bhargava, and Schedler swam into a third place finish. Schedler also placed third in the 100 breaststroke. 
 
Overall we had an exciting first meet with 20 of our team members swimming 38 personal best times cumulatively and 17 swimmers qualified for the State Championship meet in February. Pictures from the meet can be found here.

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Meet the Athletics Team

Ms. Erica Woda

Athletics Director

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm”, the warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”

I started playing soccer at the age of four and ended my official career at the age of 22 as the volunteer assistant soccer coach at my alma mater, Columbia University. Even though I had great personal and team accomplishments throughout my playing days it is the lessons I learned through sports that I hold most dear. The great wins and the devastating defeats are eventually just lost memories, but the friendships we make, the coaches who become mentors and the lessons we learn stay with us forever. My mission as Athletic Director is to ensure that our student-athletes are meeting their potential on and off the field, court, mat and pool so they can lead happy and choice filled lives. I am thrilled to continue this rewarding work with the staff, coaches and players at Potomac.

I was lucky to play Division I soccer at Columbia University. I was ALL-IVY Second team and ALL-IVY Academic team twice during my four years of play and I was named the captain and MVP my senior year. After graduating, I was accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. I taught second grade, first grade and Kindergarten in the South Bronx, NYC before going back to school at NYU Wagner to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration. During graduate school I founded a sports based mentoring program called Level The Field (LTF); operating in New York City and Boston.  In addition to launching LTF in 2009 I helped to found the KIPP NYC College Prep high school; a member of the Knowledge is Power Program operating all across the country. I spent 11 years at KIPP NYC and for the past two years served as the KIPP NYC Regional athletic director serving 6,000 students in 17 different schools.

I am thrilled to join the Potomac family and be the number one fan and advocate. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the sidelines. GO PANTHERS.

Ms. Nancy Smalley

Associate Athletics Director

"We have all benefited from the people, the core values, and the day to day collegiality found here at Potomac."

After 25 years working in other local independent schools, I joined the Potomac community as a faculty member in 2009.  But with three children who graduated from Potomac as “lifers”, I have been a member of Potomac’s broader community since 2000.  We have all benefited from the people, the core values, and the day to day collegiality found here at Potomac.

I have a BS in Physical Education from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Counseling from George Mason University.  While at St. Lawrence, I played field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse and was inducted into SLU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. While at Potomac, I have coached varsity field hockey and JV lacrosse, and I continue to play ice hockey in a local women’s league - often late at night!

Mr. Mark St. Germain

Assistant Athletics Director

"I have had the opportunity to work with and benefit from some very gifted and talented administrators, coaches, mentors and teachers. A common theme I gleaned from all of them has been the dedication to the process."

I began my career over thirty years ago as a young teacher and football/lacrosse coach at the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria where my first scrimmage as an assistant coach was vs the Potomac School. Since then, I have served as teacher, coach, administrator, advisor and grade-dean at Flint Hill, St. Albans, Saint John Paul the Great, and the Maret School. I had the opportunity to work with and benefit from some very gifted and talented administrators, coaches, mentors and teachers. A common theme I gleaned from all of them has been the dedication to the process. It is during the process where both the students and teachers/coaches are engaged in active learning and teaching. Trust is built, obstacles are overcome and confidence is built, especially in athletics.

Coming to Potomac, I believe I have come full circle, back to my roots, Athletics. I am excited to join the Potomac School community and am looking forward to being a part of the process that will enable our student-athletes and teams the opportunity to push and test themselves and their programs even further. I am also eager to work with a dedicated group of coaches who believe in the process and in their athletes' potential.

My wife Christine and I just celebrated our 25th Anniversary and we have two sons. Ben, who attends Connecticut College, and Luke, who has just started as a freshman this year at Boston College.

Dr. Precious Barnes

Head Athletic Trainer

“Learning how to become your own health advocate is one of the most powerful life skills a young athlete can learn.”

Managing health and wellness through sports and activities is an important aspect of a young person’s life. It takes time to understand your own health needs, and I love being able to assist students in that process. My goal is to not only diagnose and treat injuries but help students understand the importance of prevention and maintenance through diet, strength training, and conditioning. I too was a competitive athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track & field. I have also competed in fitness competitions. I spend most of my time strength training for fun now. 

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Athletic Training degree from Indiana State University. I completed my Master of Applied Nutrition at Northeastern University, and my Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from George Mason University. I hold the ITAT (ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer) certification, and the Performance Enhancement Specialist certification.

Asha Franklin

Assistant Director of Athletics

“Thinking outside of the box, when applicable, is enjoyable and sometimes essential to creating solutions.”

I am a macro-visioned dreamer and a micro-actioned worker who is competitive to my core. The daughter of a professional athlete, born and raised in Indiana, I have never known a life without sports.

Having coached and played all three divisions of NCAA college basketball and spending time as a consultant, workshop facilitator and recruiter, I wholeheartedly believe that athletics is a vital part of the co-curricular experience. Just as academics prepare our students for the next phase of life, so too should their athletic pursuits.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College. My Master’s is in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University.

Music is my love language and I’m excited to be a part of the Potomac community!

Ms. Erin Mulligan

Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Education Teacher

“It is so exciting to help students develop skills they will use now and for the rest of their lives.”

I developed a love for teaching while teaching the “six and under” swimmers on my hometown swim team in Charleston, SC.  My initial major in college was elementary education, but my love for sports led me to study athletic training in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina.  After earning my undergraduate degree in athletic training I continued teaching young swimmers here in DC while pursuing my masters at George Washington University. Upon graduation, I accepted an athletic training position working with football and women's lacrosse at Georgetown University.  I am thrilled to be able to combine my passions for children, sports, education, and medicine at the Potomac school.  It is so exciting to help kids develop skills they will use now and for the rest of their lives.  When I am not teaching PE classes I am either in the athletic training room or on the field.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spin classes as well as trying out different restaurants.