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Seven members of GA's field hockey team made the 2018 Keith Waldman — Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad. Senior L. Berger and juniors E. Barringer, K. Glassmeyer, A. Packard, E. Rodger, G. Schulze and M. Waker were honored. The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.50 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to all!

Class of '21's Lila M. and Skye A. earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the girl's slalom event at the Class B New England Ski Championship held at Ski Sundown in East Hartford, CT. A total of four Gators took to the slopes as the aforementioned were joined by class of 19's Caitlin O. and Lauren W. all of whom competed in the giant slalom event in the morning. Last year, Lila finished 12th in the giant slalom event.

Also seen in the picture are the members of the Brunswick Alpine ski team.

The path to the final saw GA dispatch different opponents than last year but they met up with Agnes Irwin once again to compete for the Championship. With convincing wins against St. Ann's of Brooklyn, Episcopal Academy of Philadelphia and Deerfield Academy the Gators found themselves in a familiar place for the last match of the tournament. Nerves struck everyone at the Trinity College squash courts when, in their first two matches, the Gators dropped a game each. But soon the butterflies settled and shots once again had precision as GA went on to win three out of their first four matches needing only one more to clinch. And that they did! This is the 4thyear in a row that GA has earned the Patterson Cup and the program's 13thNational Championship overall.

Meanwhile, the Varsity B opened up with a 4-3 over Lawrenceville only to be beat by semi-finalist and previous Champions, Baldwin. The Gators rebounded from that loss to post an impressive 5-2 win over Nobles to propel them to the Classic Plate Final against Episcopal Academy. GA competed honorably and lost a tight match 3-4 with two contests going to 5 games.

GA's JV squad competed in the second draw where they opened up against a talented team from Taft and struggled to pick up a game. Next they faced to Rye High School and while they didn't come away with the win they did notch their first win of the tournament. While the team took 3 games off of Brooklyn's Poly Prep it was not enough to make it to advance. In their final match of the tournament GA played St. George's School of Middletown, RI where they mustered two wins out of seven.

Greenwich Academy's volleyball team will take to their home court tomorrow as the FAA League Champion and number one seed in the tournament finishing the regular season with a 11-4 record. There are many to credit with the team's success this season and, no doubt, the play of Valeska L. at setter and Alexandra T. at middle blocker have done their share to the help the Gators. It is not a coincidence that the two were also selected to the New England Region Volleyball Association's Girls Youth Team this past summer, two of 24 in the region. With their strong play along with classmate Evie Kay G. and strong veteran leadership from a talented senior class, all will work to do their best to carry their success into Wednesday and beyond.

Greenwich Academy was all over New England this weekend and found success just about everywhere they traveled!

Though the cross country team did not beat Loomis in their on-the-road dual meet, they ran several PRs. This timing bodes well for our harriers as the team prepares for the FAA Championship race to be held October 29th at Waveny Park.

The Head of the Charles Regatta has over 11,000 rowers competing each year. GA sent a 4 and 8 with 85 boats in each event. The Gators had impressive finishes -- the 4 placed 19th while the 8 was 28th -- each boat racing qualifying times for 2019. Also of note, GA alumna and former coach, Natalie Reynolds won the women's club singles event!

GA's field hockey team came back from a 2-goal deficit stunning an unbeaten Sacred Heart team on their home turf. Unquestionably this was the Gators biggest win of the season! One more FAA victory will secure the title for GA.

Soccer took to the road and notched a 2-0 win over Kent. An important New England win, the Gators have two critical matches this week -- Loomis on Wednesday and St. Luke's Saturday.

While our volleyball team did not beat Taft, they were only one of three schools to get a game off of the Rhinos. GA hosts Greens Farms today for what could be the FAA title!

What more action?? Come to GA's GO BEYOND DAY! This Saturday October 27th

Varsity Field Hockey 2:30 vs. Westminster -- Tammaro Field

Thirds Field Hockey 2:30 VS. Westminster -- Ridgeview Field

Varsity Soccer 3:00 vs. St. Luke's -- Lower Turf Field

Varsity Volleyball 3:00 vs. Berkshire -- Raether Gymnasium

JV Volleyball 3:00 vs. Berkshire -- Ramsing Gymnasium

GA's 2017 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!

Rising senior Kate H. recently took home 5 gold medals at the Connecticut Long Course Swimming Championships held at Wesleyan University. Kate was the first to touch the wall in the 50free, 100back, 200back and 100fly. All of these results qualify Kate for the National Club Swimming Championships this summer in as well as the USA Swimming Senior National Championships this winter. Kate also won gold in the 200free relay and the 400medley relay. Kate is GA's most decorated swimmer and, along with 3 others, will help lead this year's swimming and diving team as captain.

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.


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