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What fall captains practices could look like

SPA boys varsity soccer in a team huddle on September 14, 2019, vs Providence Academy.

Hazel Waltenbaugh, The Rubicon

May 26, 2020

With the 2020-21 fall school year up in the air, captains practices remain as something teams can only hope for

Girls Swim Team uses Disney throwbacks to celebrate

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Lynn Reynolds, RubicOnline Editor

October 19, 2018

SPARKS Swim and Dive listen to a lot of throwback pop and Disney songs to celebrate a long meet.

MY GEEK FACTOR: Jasmine White builds stamina (and future dreams) in the pool

Ninth grader Jasmine White competes in the backstroke at a swim meet. White has been swimming since first grade and intends to continue competing in college.

Annie Bottern, RubicOnline Editor

October 9, 2017

Nothing excites 9th grader Jasmine White more than time in the pool. The competitive swimmer talks about how she balances school, swimming, and life.

SPARKS Swim and Dive beats Central

SPARKS Swim and Dive beats Central

Breandan Gibbons, Online Sports Editor

October 17, 2016

The girls swim team, a co-op of Highland and SPA cap off their regular season with win over St. Paul Central.

Gibbons represents thousands on MN Swimming Executive Board

Sophomore Breandan Gibbons stands on the podium at his sections swim meet.

Lucas Johnson, Sports Editor

May 18, 2016

Sophomore Breandan Gibbons works on the MN Swimming Executive Board to improve youth athlete's athletic experiences.

Five things you didn’t know about the girls swim team

Swimmers, sophomore Kathryn Schmechel, junior Cait Gibbons, and captain, senior Katiana Taubenberger strike a pose. “When in doubt, whoo it out,” Taubenberger said.

Diane Huang, Chief Online Visual Editor

October 2, 2014

1. They have the perfect recipe for team spirit—just add water. “When in doubt, whoo it out,” captain Katiana Taubenberger said. The swim team follows this advice faithfully. “[When we cheer] we’re in the water,” Taubenberger said. The team has a plethora of cheers, one of them, raucous...

All in (the water): TROJAN Swim Team Mindset

Sophomore Karsten Runquist does the butterfly stroke at the Jan. 24 meet at Humboldt. “... we all got into the locker room and start screaming as loud as we could to get pumped up,” freshman Matt Suzuki said.

Javier Whitaker-Castaneda, Staff Writer

March 25, 2014

Having a population of only four in the Upper School community, little is known about the rare specimen: the Trojan swim team. Before, they blended into the other species of students, but now they are easily identifiable due to their unique coat of hair, or rather, lack thereof. In order to prosper in...

Sparks Swimming and Diving team bonds on land and in the water

Girls Swimming and Diving can practice up to 15 hours a week. “People are willing to try to be better and put in the effort to be better,” senior captain Anna Matenaer said.

Netta Kaplan, Copy Editor

October 1, 2013

The floor around the pool is soaked, and the benches around the edges of the room are packed with backpacks, swimming bags, and water bottles. Almost no one speaks, but it’s far from quiet. The noises of swimming are everywhere, with splashing and the soft slap of water against the pool walls. Somehow,...

Junior Jackie Olson dives during practice

Junior Jackie Olson dives during practice

Netta Kaplan, Copy Editor

September 12, 2013

Junior Diving captain Jackie Olson practices for a meet. Read the story and see photos by clicking here.

Anna Matenaer makes a splash in synchronized swimming

St. Paul Academy and Summit School junior Anna Matenaer performs in a trio at a recent synchronized swimming meet.

Hannah Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2013

With a deep breath, St. Paul Academy and Summit School junior Anna Matenaer dived into the blue water. Slowly, her legs rose above the pool’s surface, pointing towards the high ceiling. Matenaer and her two other teammates swam across the whole pool, kicking, turning and spinning to the beat of Mac...