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As conveyed by New Trier High School earlier today, it is with deep sorrow that we must share the passing of one our NTA athletes, Senior Performance swimmer Samantha Cerrone after a tragic accident. 


Samantha, or Sam as her coaches affectionately called her, was a reserved and determined young woman. Often seen cheering at the end of the lane for her teammates, Sam was supportive, kind and compassionate. She had a quirky sense of humor that reflected in her unique fashion sense and a strong love for her friends. Her shy but bright smile every time she went a best time or achieved a goal in the pool was at once endearing and inspiring in its subtle way.  It is without question we will miss her in and out of the pool. 


In this unimaginably difficult time, we ask for privacy and empathy for her family and close friends as they grieve the loss of such a brilliant young woman. As we receive information about condolences,  remembrance and support - we will convey that to the team.


New Trier students have access to support services at the school on Thursday as well as remote options to speak with a grief counselor. Please take the time to speak with your athletes and share support if needed. 


We are one family and are here for both Samantha's family and every athlete.