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The greatest athlete from Trinity Episcopal: Ieva Kublina

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Ieva Kublina spent only one year at Trinity Episcopal School. However, the 2000 graduate made the most of her short time with the girls basketball team. The tall exchange student from Latvia helped the Titans to one of the best seasons in school history before going on to a successful career at Virginia Tech, a long professional career in Europe and an appearance in the 2008 Olympics.

The 6-foot-4 forward provided a unique blend of skills, rarely seen at the time.

“As a player, she was versatile. She could run the floor very well. She could shoot very well. She was a 3-point threat, a legitimate one. She was an inside presence, she had incredible hands. She was a great passer also, it was amazing for our team,” said Laura Weiler, the starting point guard during Kublina’s year at Trinity. “You see that at the college level, but you don’t often see that with a big girl at the high school level, at least not in the late ’90s.”

Kublina helped lift Trinity Episcopal to the LIS title and the top seed in the state tournament for the first time in school history.

“It was just a lot of fun to play at that level. As a guard, for me, just the freedom to be able to run the floor, push the ball, throw it up … my assist ratio went up significantly because she could convert everything,” Weiler said.

Kublina continued her success at Virginia Tech where she was part of four teams that won 20 or more games. She ranks first in school history in blocks, third in career points and rebounds, and is in the top 10 of six other statistical categories. She became a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2014.

She was taken by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2004 WNBA draft, but played professionally in Europe for a decade. She was part of two league championships in Lithuania. In 2008, she was a key player for the Latvian national team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Honorable mention

Molly Breidenbaugh, a track and cross country runner from the Class of 2014 who was named all-CAA at William & Mary.

Tyler Johnson, a 2014 graduate who played baseball at the University of South Carolina and was taken in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.

Margie Snead, a 1985 graduate who played soccer and lacrosse at William & Mary and was inducted into the school's hall of fame for both sports. She now coaches Trinity's field hockey team.

Annie Snead, a Class of 2015 alumnus who plays field hockey for William & Mary and has represented the U.S. in international play.

Barbara Strehler, a track and cross country runner from the Class of 2009 who was named all-ACC at the University of Virginia.

Christie van de Kamp, a 2016 graduate who plays field hockey at William & Mary and was third on the team with 25 points in 2018.

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