Greenwich Academy sent three teams to the 2018 HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships and Philadelphia with the Gators Varsity A squad claiming the Paterson Cup for a record 11th time. GA's Varsity B, also in the main draw, earned 9th place while the JV team mustered their way through a tough a tough bracket competing against varsity competition throughout the weekend.
Varsity A headed into the semis after having posted 7-0 wins versus Pingry and Nobles. In the semis they faced Lawrenceville and came out on top 6-1. The Gators found themselves playing an unfamiliar opponent in Agnes Irwin, a home town favorite, for the Paterson Cup. Before the match came to its conclusion, GA was able to clinch with win with a 5-game victory by GA's 3rd seeded player.
Varisty B had a tough draw competing against Andover in their first match. With 3 out of the 7 matches going to 5 games, the Gators fell 2-5 sending them on to the consolation final. From there they fought their way through local teams Germantown Friends (6-1) and Penn Charter (6-1) before facing Connecticut's Choate Rosemary Hall. 6-1 was the theme for the weekend as the Gators fended off Choate by the same score. While the margin of victory was great the play on the court was closer than the score indicated, a great weekend for all.
The JV squad found themselves up against some tough competition in their first match, the result put them into the consolation bracket of the 3rd draw. From there, JV found themselves up against a tough Spence school. In their 3rd match of the weekend the Gators competed against New Canaan's St. Luke's School. The Gators were able to quiet the Storm with an exciting 4-3 win. In their last match of the weekend GA faced Roland Park from Baltimore, MD.
Nearly 30 girls represented Greenwich Academy on the grandest stage of squash. While it was great to see the school claim another championship, it was even more rewarding to see the camaraderie on and sportsmanship on display.