Championship Victories, National Signing Day, and More MV Athletics News

Feb 9, 2022 | College, News, Upper School News, US Athletics

Over the last few weeks, Mount Vernon athletes have been competing at high levels, signing letters of intent to continue their sport at the collegiate level, earning top finishes in state meets and earning All-American considerations, winning championships, and more.

On November 2, school’s across the country participate in National Signing Day, where students commit to a college or university for their respective sport. At Mount Vernon, we had three signees.

Savanna Messner: Softball, Columbia University
Savanna has been a Mustang since grade 6, and has spread her talents between softball, swim, and golf. In softball, she earned All Region First Team recognition for four years, held a Team Captain position, was named to All State First Team, and won Most Valuable Player for three years.

Michael Lotz: Football, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Michael has attended Mount Vernon since grade 3. In addition to football, he has also competed in both lacrosse and wrestling. During his junior year, he was named 2nd Team All Region and after his senior football season he earned a 1st Team All Region recognition.

Will Palmer: Lacrosse, Hampden-Sydney 
Will has been at Mount Vernon since grade 3. While he will be continuing his athletic career in lacrosse, he also played football for the School. During his time playing football, he received 2nd Team All Region recognition as a junior and 1st Team All Region as a senior.

Congratulations to Michael, Savanna, and Will!

In Varsity Swim and Dive, the team finished out their season this past weekend at the GHSA State Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet ran Thursday through Saturday, with all MV athletes showing grit and determination to compete and demonstrate what they had been training for all year.

Making history for the Mustangs was Class of 2024 Kinsley Baker who earned third place overall on 1meter diving in the 1-3A division. Prior to the state meet, Kinsley attempted her first 11-dive list in order to be placed in the All-American consideration pool, the first MV diver to accomplish this.

At the end of the weekend, the Mustangs had much to celebrate in the pool. The results from the meet were:

Boys 200 Medley Relay, Rylan Kruep, Liam Adams, Sam Whiting and Banks Lanham: 6th place with a time of 1:41.58
Boys 50 Free, Kylan Kruep: 3rd place with a time of 21.92
Girls 50 Free, Savanna Messner: 16th place with a time of 25.90
Boys 100 Fly, Sam Whiting: 4th place with a time of 52.57
Boys 100 Free, Rylan Kruep: 4th place with a time of 47.19
Boys 200 Free Relay, Sam Whiting, Liam Adams, Banks Lanham, Rylan Kruep: 7th place with a time of 1:32.09
Girls 200 Free Relay, Nina Brooks, Mary Fuentes, Laney Whiting, Savanna Messner: 11th place with a time of 1:46.10
Boys 100 Breaststroke, Sam Whiting: 4th place with a time of 58.98

Head Varsity Coach Kylie Stewart shared, “We finished the season with successful swims and many of our seniors’ last races as swimmers! Thank you Class of 2022 for everything you’ve done and to the parents for their continued support.” 

In Middle School, winter sports also wrapped up with many successes with the Grade 7 boys basketball team winning the Metro 10 Championship. In MS swim, the girls team won 1st place in the state meet, with the boys earning 2nd overall, but earning gold for the 200 free. 

Congratulations to all Mount Vernon athletes!