GA's Varsity A squash team will be looking for another 3peat for the 2019-2020 season with their eyes set on the FAA, New England and National Championships. While the tournaments do not occur in that order, the stakes raise with each successive event. Thus far the team is off to an undefeated start with wins against Choate, Hotchkiss and Taft. For more on the GAVAS team, please read this Greenwich Time article.
Three members of the GA varsity A squash team competed in the British Junior Open held in Birmingham, England January 2 – 6. Group XII’s Emma C. and Binney H., also co-captains, competed in the U19 division while Group IX’s Emma T. competed in the U15 group. Our veteran players were seeded in the top half of their respective draws, while the younger of the two Emmas made the deepest run into the tournament from the 37thseed! Emma T. played her way to the quarter finals where she was defeated by the 9thseeded player hailing from Egypt. Though jetlagged we are hoping this experience will have this trio primed for their first match of 2020 against Taft.
GA ran the fastest collective time at the FAA cross country championship race held at Sherwood Island State Park under perfect atmospheric conditions. Though the course was a bit muddy, Maddy L. '24, like she has all season, was the first to break the tape. True to form, teammates Emily G. '22 and Elena T. '21 were not too far behind coming in 4th and 5th with all three earning First-Team FAA honors. Emily Goodman, with a 16th place finish, earned Second-Team FAA status for her strong performance which included a PR. The PRs did not stop there with 5 of GA's seven runners hitting their best time in their penultimate race. A mere two points prevented the Gators from hoisting a second FAA trophy but they will take their momentum into the New England championship race on November 9th at Northfield Mount Hermon.
It has been 5 years since GA claimed the FAA League Championship in cross country so yesterday's result at Allen's Meadows in Wilton was welcomed with great enthusiasm. This year's harriers have had a number of great races with GA's top three turning in consistently strong performances. Maddy L. '24 has come across the finish line in 1st place at every all-league meet! Close on her heels in the FAA and at other invitationals have been newcomer Emily G. '22 and co-captain Elena T. '21. Emily was 4th, 4th and 2nd in FAA races while Elena's experience has not only proved invaluable in providing advice to her younger teammates it has allowed her to hold steady earning the Gators valuable points. GA will compete in the FAA Championship race held at Waveny Park in New Cannan Monday the 28th at 1:40 and will follow that up with the New England Championship race at North Field Mount Herman on Saturday November 9th! Go GAtors!
GA's Group XII Grace A. has qualified for the Cressy High School Singleahanded National Championship! Out of the national field of 29 sailors, Grace stands out as the only woman on the water! And one of 3 from Connecticut. She qualified for the event based on her performance in Hyannis over the weekend of October 5th and 6th. Grace will travel west for the event to be held the first weekend of November at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Go Grace!!
GA's Katie D. '21 has been carding some strong scores on the links summer competing in American Junior Golf Association/PGA Junior Tour tournaments. At the Girls Metropolitan Junior PGA Championship held at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, NY, Katie tied for 2nd place with a score of 153 over two rounds of golf. Competing in the Future Series at Bethpage in Farmingdale, NY Katie shot an impressive 138 over two days to win that tournament. Her latest tournament was 3 rounds at Circle K Junior Championship held at Otter Creek in Columbus, IN. There, GA's three-time FAA Championship golfer, finished 3rd over three rounds with a score of 219. The 3 top 3 finishes are not only impressive, they also exempt Katie from future American Junior Golf Association tournaments. Way to go GAtor!
Group X's Annie B. was recently named to the 2018-2019 NISCA Girls One Meter Diving All- America Team. Out of the 100 athletes named to the team, Annie was 1 of 10 9th grade students represented and, with two others, representing the state of Connecticut. Annie had a stand out first season at GA finishing first at both the New England and FAA Championships.
Group XI's Caroline P. finished 9th at her first USA Swimming's Open Water Championships held in Miami, FL. Swimming a 5k, Caroline was 9th out of 77 participants. Distance is nothing new to this junior, as she swims the 500m for GA, wining the event as a 9th grader at the New England Championships and helping the Gators take their 3rd NE Championship this season. For more details, please read this Greenwich Time article.
GA's Eliza B. '20 recently competed at the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament held in Baltimore, MD. Competing in the School Girls Division and representing the state of Connecticut, Eliza was a finalist for the Heather Leigh Albert Award given to the top player of the tournament. Eliza helped lead GA to a 13-2 record and was the team's top goal scorer, 52, and point earner 67.
GA's water polo team captured its 4th straight New England water polo championship with a 12-9 win over Williston Northampton. The road to the final was not an easy one as first-year Sacred Heart Greenwich gave the Gators all they had in the semi-final. GA prevailed over the local upstart 14-11 to find themselves in their fourth final in four years. GA jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter only to see their lead evaporate due to strong play from the second seeded team. The two squads headed into the final stanza knotted at 8-8, but with some strong defense and taking advantage of a late Williston penalty, the Gators were able to score the last 3 goals of the game and hoist the trophy once more!
Group X's Kaitlin G. and Group XI's Kayla Y. were named to the All Tournament Team with Kayla being named the tournament MVP!
GA's Julia Booth '15, was recently presented with the COOP Service Prize at Hamilton College for "exceptional dedication to community service and leadership making the difference in the lives of people and service organizations." Honored along with classmate and field hockey teammate Sarah Kane, Julia was a four-year goal keeper at GA. She captured four FAA League Championships as a Gator before taking her game to the next level at Hamilton where she served as captain and had a career .771 save percentage.
GA's Manveer Sandhu '18, was named Bowdoin College's Outstanding First-Year Athlete of the Year as a result of her accomplishments on their field hockey team. Also NESCAC's Rookie of the Year, Mani started all 16 games this season, scored 3 goals and had 4 assists for the Polar Bears. Mani's most memorable moment for the Gators was her NEPSAC Championship wining stroke in over time to beat Andover.
The GA crew team headed to Lake Waramuag last weekend where they competed against New Country Day, Old Lyme, Miss Porters and Canterbury. This race day has grown over the years and has taken on the name of the Connecticut Girls' Cup. All four of GA's varsity boats won their races with GA's novice four finishing 3rd. Time on Lake Waramaug will benefit our rowers as they head back to that water for Founders Day on the 5th. GA will have another road trip on the 1st as they head to Andover to do their best to earn qualifying times for NEIRA.
The GA sailing team had a tremendous weekend on the water. Saturday they competed at the CT State Championship at Sail Black Rock in Bridgeport, CT. The only girls team in the field, GA was one point away from a second place finish to Choate and two places behind their practice partners, Brunswick. Sunday the team returned to Black Rock for the Herreshoff qualifier, one of three sites running in New England. GA was 3 points behind Hotchkiss before the final race of the day. Strong finishes throughout the day in both the A and B races positioned the team to be able to jump ahead on the final sail, which they did, out-pacing the Bearcats by two points. GA will travel to Bowdoin to compete in the Herreshoff Championship where they will look to improve upon last year's results.
GA's Izzy Nixon '15, a stand out Gator and tremendous player at Yale, was drafted as the 23rd pick into the WPLL (Women's Professional Lacrosse League). Nixon is the first Bulldog to be drafted into the league and will play for New England Command. Nixon leads the Ivies in draw controls this season with 149. This statistic has her second in the NCAA and is a skill that has set her apart from the field. Nixon also contributes in other ways offensively, with 57 career goals and 83 career points in 55 games. Last season she earned second team All-Region and All-Ivy League recognition and was an IWLCA Academic Squad selection. Congratulations, Izzy!
GA's Katie D. '21 recently won an American Junior Golf Association qualifying event shooting a one over par 73 at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Katie has been a mainstay on the GA golf team the last two years helping her team secure the FAA Championship this spring as well as having two strong showings at the New England Pippy O'Connor Tournament. Congratulations, Katie!
GA's Izzy Nixon continues to receive accolades for her work on and off of the lacrosse field at Yale University. Her latest notable accomplishment was being named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association's Academic Honor Roll. Nixon was one of 10 Bulldogs to receive this honor thus earning the team IWCLA Academic Squad recognition. A player must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to earn this honor. Without question, Izzy has epitomized what it is to be a student-athlete this season with her achievements on the field, Second Team All-Ivy honors, and in the classroom--congratulations.
GA's Caroline Dunleavy, '17, is making the move to Yale University from the University of Notre Dame where she had an outstanding tennis season coupled with a strong performance in the classroom. Dunleavy reached quarterfinals in the ITA Midwest Regionals and made the dean's list. Dunleavy competed for one season at GA where she earned the FAA singles title, she was the #1 ranked prospect in New England as a senior and ranked as high as 29thnationally. Welcome back to Connecticut, Caroline!
GA's Karina Schulze and Borden Wahl, both graduates of the class of 2018, were recently named High School All Americans by their respective sporting bodies, the US Lacrosse Association and the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Karina, a three-season captain of GA's field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams had a standout senior season this spring on both ends of the field and particularly in the circle where she was dominant on the draw. Karina will take her lacrosse talents to the University of Chicago in the fall. Borden, in her time at GA, has won a total of 5 New England Championships – three in water polo for which she earned her NISCA honors, and two in swimming. Borden is GA's all-time leading scorer in water polo and will bring her powerful egg-beater kick and rifle arm to Harvard's team next year.
GA's Maya W. '20 and Sophie F. '21, were both selected to USA Field Hockey's National Futures Championship U16 Northeast Regional Team. Not only did the two make the 36 player roster, they were then selected to compete in the Stars and Stripes elite game made up of players throughout the country. Maya and Sophie helped GA to two titles this past fall, the FAA League Championship and the highly coveted New England Championship. Thankfully, they will both be back on the filed come August.
GA's Annie DeFrino, '14, just capped off an impressive career at Colorado College. A standout lacrosse and ice hockey player at GA, DeFrino took her talents out west where she amassed a mighty 263 points on the lacrosse field via 202 career goals and 61 assists. Twice receiving Second Team All-West Region honors, DeFrino also helped lead her team to a sweet sixteen appearance in her senior season. To read more about Annie and other GA alums who are also Colorado College Tigers, please read this Greenwich Time article.
For the first time in the program's 16-year history, Greenwich Academy took home the Charles D. Cole trophy, awarded to the team with the most overall points at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association's Championship regatta held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA. While all four boats have qualified in previous years, this is the first time that all boats made it to the afternoon's grand finals. In the prelims, GA's 4th boat finished 2nd, the 3rd boat left the field behind with a 1st place finish and though they did not have as much open water, the 2nd boat also had a 1st place finish. Despite a malfunctioning rudder, GA's first boat qualified for the grand final with a 2nd place finish in their heat. All of these strong AM performances were a good omen for an afternoon of strong racing.
GA's 4th boat was the first to medal as they earned silver in their final. With Sofi G. in the coxie seat, she steered Maia V.B, Charlotte C., Clodagh M.-J., and Elizabeth R. down the course to a second-place finish and were greeted at the dock to be awarded their performance.
Next GA's 3rd boat of Jane W., Marie B., Madison F., Charlotte S. and coxswain Lilly B. had another dominant performance leaving the field behind to a gold medal finishing time of 5:55.323. This is the first time for GA's 3rd boat to accomplish this feat.
The second boat of Lucy H., Schuyler H., Caroline S., Olivia F. and coxswain Emma O. also earned some hardware with a 2nd place finishing time of 5:52.296. Three races, three top-two finishes – a great day to be the Gator.
While at the start line for the last race of the day, GA's 1st boat did not realize that the Cole Trophy was riding on their performance as a 4th place finish would be enough to claim the top points honor. Competing in lane 6, the Gators battled back from 5th place within the last 500 meters to surpass Brooks for the all-important points. Though disappointed to not be in the top 3, their gutsy final strokes propelled them across the line just where they needed to be in order to for the program to achieve a historic first -- a 41 to 40 win over Nobles for the Charles D. Cole trophy
It truly was an amazing day to be a Gator!
For those wanting to relive the day, here is a YouTube link.
Greenwich Academy's water polo team captured their third straight New England Championship with a 12-6 win over Phillips Exeter. The win capped off an undefeated season against NEPSAC opponents with the only blemish on the team's record being a close-fought 17-19 loss to local rival Greenwich High School.
GA entered the Liquid Four as the number one seed and faced Deerfield in the semi-final. While the opening minutes were tight, the Gators won their first contest 15-5 with strong goal keeping from Casey G. and solid offensive output from Borden W. - 8 goals, Kayla Y. - 3 goals, and 2 from Sydney H.
GA was lights out in the first half against Exeter who had beaten Williston Northampton earlier in the day. Strong defending and solid goalkeeping kept the Big Red away from the back of the cage which allowed the Gators to take a 7-0 lead into intermission. Borden and Kayla continued to pace the Gators offensively wth 5 and 3 goals respectively while Lily S. notched two more with Sydney and Kaitlin G. scoring one goal a piece.
GA says goodbye to 6 seniors who will be sorely missed -- Borden, Camille, Annabelle, Paulina, Sydney and Casey. We wish them the best in their next endeavors and look forward to hearing about Borden's exploits on Harvard's water polo team next year.
Izzy Nixon '15 was recently named second team All-Ivy League along with three other teammates at Yale. Nixon had a remarkable season for the Bulldogs breaking the Ivy League record for draw controls having won 130 over the course of the season! This achievement was no surprise given she averages 8 a game. Nixon's contribution to the team was not just in the circle as she was the third leading scorer on the team as well. Most recently, Nixon was named as a captain for next year's team.
GA's Group X's Maya W. was recently named to USA Field Hockey's Junior National Indoor Team. One of 16 on the roster, Maya is the only player from Connecticut and the only one representing the Northeast. In her two seasons on GA's varsity field hockey team, she has won a New England Championship and been a Runner Up for the Championship. To see the other players on the roster, as well as seeing the senior team, please read this article.
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.
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!
Rising Group XI Gator Megan D. has had an eventful summer training on the track and will compete in the 50th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to be held in Sacramento, California. Megan qualified for the National event after competing in the Region I Junior Olympic qualifier held in Albany, NY. Megan posted a PR in the long jump and was just shy of her PR in the triple jump, yet her distance of 30 feet 2.5 inches still earned her a spot in the National event and she will hop, step and jump her way to California! Good luck, Megan!
In their first season as a varsity squad, the Gators ran the table in the NEPSAC and captured the New England Liquid Four Championship! Undefeated in the regular season against all prep schools, with only one blip on their radar against Greenwich High School, GA went into the the weekend as the number one seed. GA opened the day vs. Andover at Brunswick's natatorium with a convincing 17-8 win. GA faced Hopkins in the final who they had previously beaten 13-9. The first period in the championship was close but then the Gators rattled off 3 unanswered goals to start the second and never looked back with an eventual 12-4 victory.
Senior captains Megan A. and Avery P. were named to the All Tournament Team while Group X's Borden W. was named the tournament MVP.
GA's golf team headed up to Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, CT on Monday to defend their New England Championship. This was the fourth time in four years that the team earned this chance and the fourth time that they were successful! Entering the tournament with a deep field of seven players on the 18 hole course and one on the 9 hole course, the Gators were hopeful and confident despite the windy conditions. Seniors Ellie Garland, Alexa Murray and Jessica Yacobucci had been in this situation before and helped to calm the nerves of first-time players Emmy S. '19 and Stephanie L. '18. Susanna V. '17, perhaps GA's most experienced golfer played her first round of golf in about six months having been sidelined from an injury. She rebounded extremely well shooting a 77, finishing fourth on the day, and first for the Gators. Jess, Emmy and Stephanie saw their score cards tallied with Susanna's for the team win of 340 six shots ahead of Taft and Exter. Grace Z. '18 and Nicole W' '17 rounded out the field for GA.
Next the Gators will look to defend their FAA League and Tournament Championship.
GA brought home the High School Girls' Cup Race for the 3rd year running on Lake Waramaug. The prestigious cup attracted an increase in teams and number of boats competing, which provided a nail biter of an end, with the GA's 6th boat claiming 2nd place for the Gators in the final meters of the course to increase their overall point score to 1st place. Competing in race were Canterbury, Gunnery, Lyme/Old Lyme, Newton Country Day, and Miss Porter's.
GA's water polo team has strung together four impressive wins to open their first season as a varsity squad. While they enjoyed an above .500 record last year, they were a club program. So far this season they have outscored their opponents, 64-38 with wins over Hotchkiss, Andover and Williston Northampton. Yesterday's 13-9 defeat over Hopkins gave the team some sweet satisfaction have lost to the Hilltoppers by one last year.
Next up for the Gators -- they hit the road Saturday to see if they can tally another win over Hotchkiss before taking on the Cardinals of Greenwich High next Wednesday at the YMCA for a 3:30 start.
GA's green team claimed the US Squash Middle School Team National Championship held this past weekend at Yale University. The Gators entered a total of three teams in the Division I bracket of the tournament with all finishing in the top ten. Like last year, it could have been GA v GA in the final but Baldwin got the better of our gold team to advance to the final. Gold faced Agnes Irwin's A team for 3rd while GA's white team drew AI's B team for 9th place. In the 6 years that US Squash has been hositng the tournament, GA has won 5 titles.
Welcome to the Greenwich Academy Spin Studio where the rubber doesn’t meet the road, but the miles still speed by.
Instructor, Middle School Mandarin teacher Kate Lee, was recruited to take the lead bike when Athletic Director Martha Brosseau discovered that Ms. Lee was an avid spinner in college. In preparation for teaching classes, Ms. Lee became certified in a grueling nine-hour course, which—in addition to instruction on spin profiles, endurance, and intervals—included two “rides” and an exam! And she didn’t stop there. “I started taking more spin classes in New York City. I took 5 or 6 different types of classes, including some that featured karaoke, choreography and weights,” she said.
The GA spin classes are 45 minutes in length and they meet three days a week. “During the first five minutes of class we get on our bikes and slowly get warmed up,” Ms. Lee described. “We ease into it, slowly getting our energy levels up.”
The inaugural group of spinners includes an even mix of spin veterans and newbies.
Olivia ‘16, who began taking spin classes over the summer, said, “I think spinning is such an appealing form of exercise because of the atmosphere ... it's really motivating to see other people around you working hard. Also, it is so much fun to spin to the beat of your favorite songs. Sometimes I'm having such a good time listening to the music, that I forget I'm actually getting exercise!”
Emma ’18 took her very first spin class in the GA studio and quickly became a huge fan. “When I came to my first class it was nothing like I expected,” she said. “I am not a huge fan of running and spinning, for me, is a fun alternative.” For those who are considering spinning, Emma offered this advice: “Come into it with an open mind because while everyone says it’s very hard, which it is at times, it’s so much fun when you get into it!”
Though the classes are tough, students and instructor agree that the benefits are numerous, including stress relief and building community across US groups. Olivia added, “Now that I can spin at school, I don't go to other classes because there is no need to! I get good exercise and also a chance to relax after a busy day at school.”