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GA's 2016 volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. Congratulations to all of the players on the team!

GA's Kayla Y., a rising sophomore, earned gold as a member of the  United States U17 water polo team at the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru. Kayla tallied 14 goals over the course of the tournament helping the team capture the championship. One of only two players from outside of California, Kayla was also one of the youngest members on the squad.

Three more years of Kayla in the pool bodes well for the Gators as she was named this spring's MVP at the NEPSAC's Liquid Four where GA earned back-to-back titles.



GA's Grace A., a rising 10th grader, just competed in the 2017 U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, held July 9-11 Galveston Bay in Shoreacres, TX. Grace had an impressive second place finish out of 30 entered in this National event. Grace started sailing for GA as an 8th grader, and in her two seasons, has done a great job as skipper for the Gators. Grace also ran on GA's cross country team this past fall. Fortunately, we have 3 more years with Grace on the course, be it a sailing or running one.

Rising junior Kate H. is competing at  2017 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, IN. The photo shows Kate at the start of the 200 Back. She will also compete in the 50 Back, 100 Back and 50 Free. Last year Kate competed in the same event, at the time the Olympic trials in preparation for the Rio games, in Omaha, NE. GA won its first New England Championship this past year with Kate setting the New England record in the 50 and 100 Free at the Championship meet. She was also part of the Championship 200 Medley and 400 Free Relay, also setting New England records. 

GA teammates Isabella S. and Maya W. - Group 10 and 9, have been selected to compete in the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games to be held in Detroit Michigan. Both helped to propel GA's field hockey team to the NEPSAC  semi-final this fall with Belli in goal and Maya a few feet in front of her as a central defender. The two were also critical in helping the Gators lay claim to another FAA League and Tournament title this past fall. Selections to the Junior Olympics were made during the National Futures Tournament where the two competed in Lancaster, PA. Congratulations Belli and Maya!

GA's Kayla Y. '20, has been named to USA Water Polo's Cadet Team and will be competing this July at the UANA Junior Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru. Out of the 23 players named to the roster, Kayla is 1 out of 3 who are not from the West coast. In her first year on GA's water polo team, Kayla saw her team win its second New England title in two years and was named the tournament MVP.
As seen in this Greenwich Time article, GA's Izzy Nixon '15 was an named All Ivy Honorable Mention for her play on the lacrosse team at Yale University. At Yale, Nixon finished with 26 goals and 16 assists on the season garnering her a total of 40 points. As she had done for the Gators, Nixon was particularly strong in the circle for the Bulldogs with a team-best 87 draw controls. It is no surprise that Izzy is being feted for her play in New Haven as she was a two-time All American while at Greenwich Academy.
GA's Ashley Richards 13' was honored with the 1916 Cup at Class Day held at Princeton University. The award is presented to  the senior varsity letter winner with the highest academic standing. This comes as no surprise to those in the GA community where Ashley was a standout in the classroom and on the court. Captaining the team her senior year, she led the them to an FAA and New England Championship. At Princeton, Richards has been a four year member of the varsity squash team.
GA had the good fortune of having four boats qualify to compete in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association's Championship held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA this past Saturday. Each boat, impressively, was able to earn a spot in the afternoon races. The fourth boat comprised of Sofi, Bobbi, Olivia, Madison and Charlotte won their morning heat and then medaled in their grand final with a third place finish. The 3rd boat made up of Gracie, Katherine, Elizabeth, Isabelle and Georgia rowed their way to a 5th place finish in the grand final.  Lilly, Lucy, Holland, Brooke and Katie earned their way to the grand final in the afternoon where they finished 6th among the field of the varsity 2 boats. Finally, GA's 1st boat of Emma times two, Maya, Jane and Mairead placed first in the petit final and 7th overall all in the field. Altogether, GA placed 3rd as a team on the day which is their highest team finish in program history demonstrating great depth in the program.
GA capped off a spectacular season in spectacular fashion winning their second straight New England Championship. The "Liquid Four" held at Deerfield, was deja vu all over again as GA faced Hopkins in the final once again. Earlier in the season, GA defeated Hopkins on the road 15-12. This year's title game was close throughout as the Gators took a narrow two-goal lead into the fourth quarter. Between more accurate shooting and strong goal tending, GA was able to outscore the Hilltoppers for an eventual 24-13 win. Newcomer Kayla Yalensky was named tournament MVP while Borden Wahl, last year's tournament MVP, and Quinn Scannell were named to the all tournament team along with Yalensky. For more details, please see this Greenwich Time article.
GA's Natalie Reynolds, '13, has just been named to US Rowing's Under 23 National Team Selection Camp. Reynolds, who will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania this coming Monday, is one of 34 athletes to "make camp." A rower for four years at GA, Natalie's boat won the New England Championship in 2011. Now a team captain at Penn, Reynolds has had an impressive career as a Quaker. The last two seasons she has been named to the  Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's DI first team as well as their all academic team. Congratulations and good luck, Natalie!
GA's Sasha Fritts '14, a stand out field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse player as  Gator is having a record lacrosse season thus far at Colby College. Fritts leads the Mules with 32 goals this season and a career 68 goals to this point. In two games versus Williams and then Bowdoin, she netted 12 goals, a performance that garnered her NESCAC Player of the Week honors. Fritts is also a member of the Colby ice hockey team. To read more about Sasha, see this Greenwich Time article and this news release from Colby College.
GA's Emme '17 has been named to the 2017 World Junior Championship squad. She is 1 of 12 players who will represent Team USA at the event to be held in New Zealand July 19-29. Emme has played at the top of the ladder the last two years and GA seeing her team go four for four at the New England Squash Championship and three for four at the National Tournament. This is Emme's first time representing the USA.

GA had 7 alumna representing 3 schools in the collegiate squash national championship otherwise known as the Howe Cup. Harvard University hoisted the championship trophy with Kayley Leonard '15 playing at number two for the Crimson. Princeton University placed fourth with four Gators on their roster, Mary Elena Ubina '13 and Kate Feeley '15 playing at 2 and 9 with fellow Gators Ashley Richards '14 and Lindsay Scott '16 also representing the Tigers. Competing for the Bulldogs of Yale University were Jocelyn Lehman '14 and Jessica Yacobucci '16. 

Princeton hosted the Howe Cup and there is a great video of Ubina and Feeley talking about what hosting meant to them, please watch.

Greenwich Academy won its first title in Swimming and Diving in convincing fashion with a 156 point edge over its closest opponent. The team opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley and kept its momentum winning the 200free, 50free, 100free, 500free, 200free relay, 100breast and finished the day shattering the 400free relay record. In addition to the 400free relay record, record's were set in the 50 and 100 free as well as the 200 free.

The meet started on Wednesday with our divers contributing critical point to the team's win. Today was an amazing day for Greenwich Academy's swimming and diving program!


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