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AHN Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Saioa Torrealday (A'96)

In February 2017, Dr. Saioa Torrealday (A’96) was inducted into the Academy of the Holy Names Athletic Hall of Fame at the Winter Sports Banquet. Torrealday was captain of the AHN high school basketball team, playing in back-to-back state championships. Her high school career record included 121 wins and only 11 losses, capping off with the 1996 state basketball championship win. Torrealday currently ranks 18th on the all-time Hillsborough County scoring list and 3rd in Academy scoring history. 

While at the Academy, Torrealday was also a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society and Student Council, and she was the senior class vice president. She received a full athletic and academic scholarship to Barry University, where she was an NCAA Division II four-year starter and team captain. She currently ranks 3rd in all-time games played and 5th in all-time assists at Barry. 

Torrealday graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2000 and began medical school in Washington, D.C., where she was commissioned as a U.S. Army Medical Corp officer. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Yale University. 

Currently an OB-GYN assistant professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Medicine in North Carolina, she remains on active duty and has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Torrealday has deployed to the Middle East with the 21st Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently she served as task force surgeon for a joint NATO mission. A remarkable athlete and community leader, Torrealday continues to leave a lasting mark on both the AHN community and our country.

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