Athletics News

Following the varsity girls basketball team’s trip to the region finals, seniors Ann Rafeedie, Joelle Zelony and Kayla Ross were named First Team All-Region.

These student-athletes will lead the Knights as they begin their march through the state playoffs on Friday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Pace’s Inman Center.

Over the weekend of Feb. 9, eighth-grader Anna Nuckols and junior Lauren Stebbins represented the Pace equestrian club in the regional show. Stebbins placed first overall and advances to Zones, which will take place in Pensacola March 22-24. She was also named the High Point Rider of the show season. Nuckols put in an impressive performance, placing fourth.

The varsity swimming and diving teams concluded their seasons at the GHSA 1A-5A State Championship meet Feb. 7-9. Out of 56 schools in the 1A-3A divisions, the boys finished 12th, while the girls were sixth.

Defending state-champion diver sophomore Lizzy Kaye brought home another state title, finishing more than 95 points ahead of her closest competitor in the 1A-5A meet to become the state record holder and earn All-American consideration.

Senior Charlie Kaye (pictured) cemented his position as the most celebrated swimmer in school history. He set three Pace records, achieved an All-American time, two All-American consideration times, and won repeat state titles in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Junior Erin Hood finished third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. In relay competition, the girls medley relay was fourth; the girls 4x50 free relay finished fifth; the boys 4x50 free relay was ninth; and both the girls 400 free relay and the boys medley relay placed 10th.

On Feb. 6, National Signing Day, Pace Athletics recognized 19 members of the Class of 2019 who have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

These student-athletes—16 percent of the class!—represent seven different sports and will matriculate to 19 different colleges and universities. See who’s going where and please join us in congratulating these Pace Knights!

Sophomore Kalissa Greene has been named a 2019 16s Club Pre-Season All-American, which means that Greene is the top sophomore setter in the country according to PrepVolleyball.com! Congratulations, Kalissa!  

Pace’s equestrian club teams competed in their final meet of the regular season over the weekend of Jan. 12. Junior Lauren Stebbins finished first on the flat event and second over fences, while junior Emily Caton received a third-place ribbon in her over fences class. Freshman Maryam Dandashly was fifth in her flat class. Overall, the Upper School team placed fourth out of 14 teams.

For the Middle School, eighth-grader Peach Wilson placed second and third in two flat events, and eighth-grader Anna Nuckols was first over fences and fourth on the flat. The Middle School equestriennes combined for a fourth-place finish out of 11 teams.

Both Stebbins and Nuckols qualified as individuals for the region finals, which will take place at the Georgia International Horse Park on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Over the weekend of Jan. 3, senior wrestler Charlie Warren and six other Pace varsity grapplers competed in the Prep Slam at Holy Innocents’, where Warren earned his 100th career win.

The victory places him among an elite group of Pace wrestlers. Way to go, Charlie!          

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