Our students are not “brains on a stick.” They have bodies that scripture tells us are God’s temple. We believe that physical activity is critical for both immediate and long-term physical health, as well as emotional and social maturity. Our students also have passions and many of our students have poured out their best in arenas as small as the Founders League (a league of local Christian schools) and as big as a national (and even international) stage.
ACA Athletics by the numbers.
71% of upper school students competed as part of an Augustine sponsored team this year. Most of the remaining students participated in community programs like swimming or ballet.
Each of the last three graduating classes has had a NCAA Division 1 athletic recruit (that would be 27% of graduates). ACA athletes have been offered official visits from Cornell U, Dartmouth U, Harvard U, Princeton U, U of Delaware, the US Naval Academy, and U Penn.
Augustine rowers have qualified crews for the Scholastic National Championships in each of the last five years and medaled twice.
Our students have worn the purple in soccer, basketball, fencing, and rowing.
ACA athletes train together three days a week. By not training 5 or 6 days per week like most athletes their age, our students are less stressed about their school work and better able reach remarkable heights in their athletics.
ACA rowers have medaled four times in their last three years of racing at the Stotesbury Cup, America’s largest scholastic rowing regatta.
Rower Emma Hopkins earned a spot on the US U-23 National rowing team less than a month after graduating from ACA in the spring of 2016. She raced at the U-23 World Championships in the Netherlands later that summer and then repeated at the 2017 U-23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Spring 2018 ACA Varsity rowers qualified a school record 4 crews to the Scholastic National Championships on Cooper River, in Cherry Hill NJ.
At a regatta where the vast majority of crews are eliminated in the early rounds, all of our rowers made it through the first day of racing. Our Senior boys single of Ben Hopkins and Sr girls double of Sarah Trouwborst and Elizabeth Oxaal made it as far as the Semifinals and narrowly missed the finals. Our two Jr doubles of Fritz Knecht and Aaron Chaffee, and Lucy Hopkins and Catherine Lynip both cruised into the finals with the boys finishing just outside the medals and the girls claiming the title in an open water win.
ACA mods were not to be outdone at Mod Champs a week later when they hauled in wins in the 7th grade boys quads, 7th girls single, and both 8th grade girls 2x’s. The girls 7th grade quad turned in a silver medal performance. Congrats on a great season all and we look forward to a strong Fall.