The Jaguar football program has been rebuilding itself. After having several of its players graduating and going on to college ball over the last couple of years, the roster needed some time to rebuild. During that process, new head coach Said Aziz has been stressing the importance of sportsmanship to his players. Despite the uphill climb, they have maintained a positive attitude and keep pushing forward. They were just selected by the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association as the 2011 NVFOA Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Sophomore Taylor Thomas has had an incredible season. Being one of the younger competitors in his weight class (182 pounds) has not held him back. Thomas has gone 26-4 this season with 15 pins. Two of the losses he had came when he wrestled up a class, going against opponents in the 195-pound class. Earlier this season, he took third place in the Charger Kickoff Invitational, second in the Woodson Holiday Classic, and first place in the Sterling Lions Classic. He has just finished the district season being crowned the district champion for his weight class and now has his eyes set on the Northern Region Championship.
The swim team has been breaking school records and taking championships. Laura Schwartz, Julia Schwartz, Haley McLean, and Sydney Langer – the 4×100 free relay team – broke the school record and hit a state meet qualifying time. That same foursome also broke the school record in the 4×50 free relay. In the individual events, Junior Laura Schwartz improved her team records in the 200 individual medley and the 500 free, while on her way to winning both events to become a double Regional Champion; doing so with All-American Consideration times. At the region meet for divers, Tyler Smith broke the top 16 and scored points for the team.