With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report is running a series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Greenwich’s Leah Caputo, who will play lacrosse next year at Brown.
TRR: Where were you when you heard the season was canceled and what was your initial reaction?
LC: I was at home. After school was canceled I wasn’t sure what would happen with our season. I was thinking we were going back to school by the end of March or beginning of April. When they said that school was going to be postponed until May 20th at least I started thinking our season could be canceled. It’s definitely hard. We’ve done a couple of Zoom calls with my team and all the different grades in the program, talking about what we can do now and how to help the younger girls so that the program can be better next year.
TRR: Is there anything the seniors are going to try and do now?
LC: We’ve been trying to do team competitions. We’ve been using the sniper app and doing wall-ball competitions and push-up competitions. As for the seniors, I think we will try once this is all over try to play a little bit together for our last time before we go to school.
TRR: There are so many parts of being on a team. Which do you miss the most?
LC: Probably just being with my team and having something every day. Having practice or a game. It just feels really weird. It feels like it went straight from winter to summer now that we don’t have school. I just miss being around all my teammates and getting to play games with them and practices.
TRR: Do you know yet what you want to study at Brown?
LC: I’m thinking about majoring in applied mathematics. That’s my top choice right now but I’m thinking about all my options. I started getting interested in it when my brother also majored in applied math. He always teaches me the new stuff he learns and math has always been my favorite subject..
TRR: Going to an Ivy League school, does the transition in academics or athletics intimidate you most?
LC: It will definitely be a mixture of both. It will be hard going from my last high school season being junior year to my freshman year. I think I need to prepare a lot more this summer compared to my last summers. School, I just have to stay on top of my work. Maybe I will try taking some summer classes.
TRR: Is there anything you had not done before that you started during the quarantine because you have more free time?
LC: Trying to plan workouts since all of our fields are closed. I’ve been trying to do long-distance running. I will try to do at least three miles a day. That’s something I’ve definitely enjoyed and keeps me busy.
TRR: What do your friends tease you about the most?
LC: Maybe I’m too loud sometimes. Some people would think I’m really shy until I meet them and sometimes I’ll get a little too loud.
TRR: What are you going to remember most about Greenwich High School?
LC: People ask me if I like how big it is and that is something I like most about it. There is always something new going on. It’s just nice to have so many people in my class. I’ll definitely miss everyone on my team. There are a lot of girls I would call my best friends. I’ll just miss the people.